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ARTIC Opens for Service in Anaheim

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), a multimodal transit hub planned, constructed and managed as a public-private partnership between the city of Anaheim and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), recently opened in Southern California, providing connections to OCTA buses, Metrolink commuter rail, Amtrak, taxis, bikes, shuttles and tour buses.

Officials report that the 67,000-square-foot facility will support more than 10,000 daily boardings, and they expect it will ultimately serve as the final stop for the state’s high-speed train, which recently broke ground in Fresno.

The facility also hosts retail, entertainment and dining outlets, a self-service book vending station, free Wi-Fi charging stations and a “hot spot” for e-books from Anaheim Public Libraries. The facility, which serves 3 million Orange County residents and 40 million visitors, is located between Angel Stadium of Anaheim and the Honda Center sports and entertainment venue, and it provides direct connections to major attractions.

“ARTIC establishes a very visible regional hub for all public transit modes, making it convenient for residents, commuters and visitors to easily access and utilize multiple transportation options,” said Darrell Johnson, OCTA chief executive officer.

“In all, the station will serve 10 different transportation modes, including our county’s bus and rail system, Anaheim Resort Transportation buses, taxis, international buses and tour and charter services. ARTIC is an important piece of our mission to deliver transportation solutions that improve our quality of life and keep Orange County moving,” he added.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait called the center a “Grand Central Station for Orange County” and reported that the hub was built on time and on budget, using mostly local vendors.

As a LEED Platinum facility, ARTIC features a sustainable design that results in a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption, optimizes water use and reduces storm water runoff and air emissions. The building’s design features a high, arched steel frame and 200,000 square feet of glass cladding and ethylene tetra fluoroethylene (ETFE), a polymer membrane outfitted with LED lights that display in an array of colors.

The $188 million center was funded with California Measure M funds, a local half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements and state and federal funds.


LED lights illuminate the new Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC).

Photo by Carl J. Morrison ©2014

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