Gateway to Orange County

As the gateway to Orange County, La Palma's central location offers easy access to the best of Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Get traffic information, public transportation links and information concerning your local travel needs here.


Bus Services

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is a multi-modal transportation agency serving Orange County. OCTA keeps Orange County moving with countywide bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter-rail service, the 91 Express Lanes, freeway construction, street and road improvement projects, motorist aid services and by regulating taxi operations.

Taxi Services

Taxi services in the City of La Palma and throughout Orange County are regulated by the Orange County Taxi Administration Program (OCTAP). All taxi companies picking up riders in Orange County must have OCTAP permits. The OCTAP program was created to coordinate taxicab service permitting, administrative functions, and enforcement in compliance with the California Government Code. Having a single, consistent source for standards, requirements, and permitting helps all of Orange County, and contributes to a safer taxi travel experience for Orange County residents and visitors.

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Rail Services

Metrolink is Southern California's rail system that links residential communities to employment and activity centers. Metrolink is operated by a joint powers authority representing the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. The closest Metrolink station to the City of La Palma is the Buena Park Station at 8400 Lakeknoll Drive, Buena Park, CA 90621.

Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states on 21,000 miles of routes. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit The closest Amtrak station to the City of La Palma, is the Fullerton Transportation Center, 120 East Santa Fe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832.

Commercial Airports

La Palma is centrally located in Southern California and close to three commercial airports:

Long Beach/Daugherty Field Airport (LGB); 7 miles away
4100 E Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, CA 90808

Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA); 16 miles away
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); 23 miles away
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045


Caltrans & CHP

Caltrans manages more than 45,000 miles of California's highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. For freeway and highway road conditions call 800-427-7623 or visit Caltrans Road Information. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is dedicated to providing quality safety, service, and security. The CHP provides real-time traffic incident information. To contact the CHP for non-emergency information call 800-835-5247.


Pacific Electric Right-of-Way Alternatives Analysis (2010)

Starting in March 2010, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), in coordination with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), began an analysis of the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way/West Santa Ana Branch Corridor. For more information about the analysis visit the City's Pacific Electric Right-of-Way webpage.