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Transportation Access


Highways: Rancho Santa Margarita is bisected by the Foothill Transportation Corridor (SR-241).  Other major arterials leading to Rancho Santa Margarita include Santa Margarita Parkway and Antonio Parkway.

Bus: Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) provides public transportation services from Rancho Santa Margarita.  OCTA’s county-wide system has 80 bus routes and 6,500 bus stops to get you practically anywhere you want to go in Orange County.  Buses run through Rancho Santa Margarita Monday through Friday between 5:30 am - 8:00 pm and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. 

Route 82 Major Stops
Foothill Ranch Town Centre - Connects to Route 177
Portola Plaza - Connects to  Routes 85, 89
Trabuco Hills High School
RSM Intermediate School
Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station - Connects to Route 490
Saddleback College - Connects to Routes 85, 91, 191/191A  

Route 87 Major Stops
Laguna Hills Mall/Park-n-Ride - Connects to 83, 89, 91, 177, 187, 188, 212, 216
South Orange County Courthouse
Chet Holifield Federal Building

Train: Traveling around Orange County is easy with Metrolink. Orange County Transportation Authority’s Metrolink rail service has three lines with 11 stations in Orange County. Plus you can connect to Metrolink lines in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  Additionally, Amtrak provides rail services from Orange County throughout the United States. Orange County’s Metrolink provides commuter transportation throughout Orange County with lines running directly through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton and Buena Park. 

  • Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station - 28200 Forbes Road, Laguna Niguel (15 minutes) 323 parking spaces available although the lot often fills quickly.  Connects with the OCTA bus system and the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County Metrolink lines.
  • Irvine Station - 15215 Barranca Parkway, Irvine (20 minutes) Complimentary 1,500 parking spaces available in new parking structure.  Amenities include public phones, bike racks, rest rooms, waiting room and restaurant.  Connects with the OCTA bus system and the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County Metrolink lines.
  • San Juan Capistrano Station - 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano (20 minutes) 103 parking spaces available for a fee.  Connects with the OCTA bus system and the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County Metrolink lines.


John Wayne Airport - Santa Ana (20 minutes)

The only commercial service airport in Orange County, California.  The service area includes 3 million people within the 34 cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County. In 2008, nearly nine million passengers were served.  One of only two airports in the County which accommodate general aviation, John Wayne Airport is served by three fixed base operators and is home to approximately 600 general aviation aircraft. Two runways serve commercial and private aircraft: a 5,700-foot main runway and a 2,887-foot general aviation runway. The official airport code for John Wayne Airport is SNA.

Long Beach Airport - Long Beach (45 minutes)

Long Beach Airport serves nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually, offering direct flights throughout the United States with easy domestic and international connections. The Airport hosts Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Delta Air Lines/Skywest, JetBlue Airways and US Airways.

Ontario International Airport - Ontario (60 minutes)

Increasingly favored by executives wishing to avoid the delays and congestion of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), LA-Ontario International Airport (ONT) is Southern California's most convenient, full-service airport with the newest terminals. With spacious, modern, passenger-friendly twin terminals, ONT is less congested and thereby more efficient – on the runways, at the gates and at the centralized car rental center – and thereby, a smart move for arrival and departure in Southern California.

Los Angeles International Airport - Los Angeles (60-90 minutes)

LAX is the world’s busiest origin and destination airport. O&D passengers are those beginning or ending their trips in Southern California rather than using the airport for connecting flights. In total traffic, LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world for passengers and ranks 13th in the world in air cargo tonnage handled.

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