Anaheim built ARTIC

February 15, 2016

Anaheim built ARTIC — now it’s needing high-speed rail to arrive in 2029

By ART MARROQUIN / STAFF WRITER, The Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – California plans to spend $68 billion on a high-speed rail line, but details are slim on what Gov. Jerry Brown’s so-called bullet train will look like – or how the system will fit into Orange County.

And although that train isn’t slated to roll into Anaheim until 2029, debate about its value has arrived.

A key issue is the future popularity of ARTIC, Anaheim’s $188 million transportation hub that’s set to be the bullet train’s southern endpoint.Website Insert State Supported Passenger Trains copy

The California High Speed Rail Authority, which started building the first leg of the bullet train line last year near Fresno, has projected that 18,000 high-speed rail passengers will either board or disembark at ARTIC every day.

But critics have questions. For now, about 2,000 people use ARTIC each weekday, most catching or stepping off Amtrak and Metrolink trains and buses. That’s roughly one-fifth of the city’s opening-day projection of 10,000 passengers per day.

That disparity makes some wary about ridership estimates related to the bullet train.

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