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Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California
October 8-18, 2015

Directions and Transportation

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 took place Oct. 8–18, 2015, at the Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, California.

The Great Park is situated in the geographic center of Orange County within the city limits of Irvine—approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, about 15 minutes from John Wayne Airport, and accessible via the Interstate 5 and 405 freeways and the 133 and 241 toll roads.

By Public Transit

The City of Irvine iShuttle will provide shuttle service between Metrolink's Irvine Station and the Solar Decathlon village. This service is free for all Metrolink riders who show their train ticket to the driver. From the northbound platform (Track 1), board the shuttle by going through the gate to the Great Park grounds. From the southbound platform, cross over the bridge, and then go through the gate to the grounds.

Learn more about public transport to Solar Decathlon 2015 from the Orange County Transportation Authority.

By Bike

Bicycle parking will be available within the Solar Decathlon village. Plan your route on the City of Irvine Bikeways website.

By Car

A $10 (cash only) parking fee will be charged per vehicle by the Orange County Great Park. Shuttles will transport guests between the parking area and the Solar Decathlon village from 10 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. on public exhibit days. On Oct. 8 and 17, shuttles will begin operation at 9 a.m. to accommodate Opening Ceremony and Final Awards Ceremony attendees.

To visit the Great Park by car:

  • From Interstate 5:
    • Exit Interstate 5 at the Jeffrey Road exit.
    • Travel north on Jeffrey Road to Trabuco Road.
    • Turn right onto Trabuco Road and follow it into the event parking lot.
  • From Interstate 405:
    • Exit Interstate 405 at the Jeffrey Road/University Avenue exit.
    • Travel north on Jeffrey Road to Trabuco Road.
    • Turn right onto Trabuco Road and follow it into the event parking lot.
  • From 133 Freeway/241 Toll Road:
    • Exit the 133 Freeway/241 Toll Road at Irvine Boulevard.
    • Travel west on Irvine Boulevard to Sand Canyon.
    • Turn south (left) on Sand Canyon to Trabuco Road.
    • Turn east (left) onto Trabuco Road and follow it into the event parking lot.

Visitors who require ADA parking and display proper placards may enter the Orange County Great Park via the Marine Way entrance. Turn left at the T, and follow C Street to the designated ADA lot. Shuttles will transport visitors from the ADA lot to the Solar Decathlon village.