Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center - ARTIC

Banner_for_ARTIC_coming_in_2014Welcome to Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) next to the Santa Ana River bicycle trail.

There's a new entry point on the Santa Ana River Trail, right at the 13 mile marker and about an hour of a ride when coming North on the Santa Ana River Trail, from Huntington Beach or Newport Beach. Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or the more commonly used name for short ARTIC. Opened up on December 13th of 2014 and is right next to the Santa Ana River Trail. If traveling to ARTIC by car, you can also find it by putting the address into your GPS or smartphone, which is 2626 East Katella Avenue, in the City of Anaheim.

There's alot of parking located on the front, side and in back of the new facility means there's almost always enough room for you to park your car. Then take your bike onto the Santa Ana River Trail, or you can take one of about a dozen different modes of transportation, at the same center, before or after you ride on the river trail that's also called by some people the "Anaheim Bike Trail" or "Santa Ana Bike Trail. Another plus of ARTIC is that not only is it centrally located right by Interstate 5 freeway, it's also at the point where the 22 and 57 freeways come together, which is most commonly known as the "Orange Crush" by anyone local talking about when all the traffic backs up. It's also right in between the Honda Center on Katella Avenue, and Angels Stadium which is off of both Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue , on the border of the City of Anaheim. This is going to be on the Eastern boundary of the 820 acre Platinum Triangle district of Anaheim.

This new entry point on the Santa Ana River Trail between the Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue entry points will also be an hour and 19 minutes and 15.8 miles from the end of the Orange County section of the Santa Ana River Trail at Green River Road in the City of Corona. Which is a mile into of Riverside County, next to Green River Golf Course.

As far as parking, 1000 parking spaces are provided through three parking lots that makes the neighboring Santa Ana River Trail, readily available. In addition to putting your bike, on the many different types of transportation choices such as the buses and Metrolink, there are also tunnels and the street going under the 57 freeway, to provide an easy link to the Angel Stadium parking lot, which provides quick access the stadium. Another feature coming to ARTIC is a future bridge to link both the West and East side of the Santa Ana River Trail into the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center. Currently you have to go under the Katella Avenue bridge and then make a u-turn and go around to the other side. This will really make the Santa Ana River Trail, readily available to and from the ARTIC station.

A 14 acre parcel once owned by Orange County Public Works, for maintenance vehicles and material storage, was aquired by the Orange County Transportation Authority, within the last few years. Along with this land, the City of Anaheim, owned a 2.2 acre parcel on the other side of the railroad tracks, and both were combined, along with plans to open a transportation hub called the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center also known as "ARTIC". Both parcels are located right next to the Santa Ana River Trail, which is also known as the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway. The Anaheim Coves trail, is within a mile or so, can be accessed from getting off the Santa Ana River Trail at Ball Road from the South, or from the North at Lincoln Avenue . See the Anaheim Coves pages for more information.

Construction was estimated at $188 million, and the completion date was December 13, 2014 on the 67,000 square foot open air facility. The structure has huge white steel beams, in the shape of a dome with panels all around it to let in sunlight. This facility is about 150 feet high and has restrooms on each of the three stories and about a dozen different elevators. There are platforms on each side of the two train tracks and a catwalk going over the top of the train tracks to change sides. The side that's has signs up for platorm number 1 are for trains traveling North in the direction of Los Angeles and platform number 2 is for trains going South toward the beach cities that the trains pass by before the Metrolink ends in the City of Oceanside, about 20 miles into San Diego County. The Amtrak trains going farther South ending in the City of San Diego, which the station is within a few miles North of the International border of the United States and Mexico.

This new transfer point between about a dozen different modes of transportation,has redesigned the skyline around the Platinum Triangle, especially with the 1300 LED lights that each can be changed to different colors, and can be seen over a few miles away.The Platium Triangle which includes Angels Stadium and the Honda Center , and should of by now had a few buildings about 20 stories tall. 1.7 miles of the Eastern boundary of the Platinum Triangle rests on the boundary of the Santa Ana River Trail. The West boundary of the Platinum Triangle is next to the Anaheim Resort District.

The construction of this facility is being done about 10 years ahead of schedule of the proposed California High Speed Rail line that's proposed to go from Sacramento and San Francisco before ending at the ARTIC by the year 2020. The City of Anaheim wanted to take advantage of today's lower construction costs. It's anticipated that more passengers will be accessing the transportation choices over time, as every year there's more than 40 million visitors in Orange County and at least half end up visiting the Anaheim area and it's many attractions such as Disneyland , Honda Center , Angels Stadium , Anaheim Convention Center and other places. It's estimated that there will be about 10,000 boardings a day at this new facility within a year of opening, 3000 of those passengers are estimated to board the Amtrak and Metrolink, but as of the end of Febuary 2015, there's only an average of 800 passengers a day.

The the old Amtrak and Metrolink train station is still on the other side of the 57 freeway in the northeast parking lot of Angel Stadium about 1000 feet west of the new ARTIC.

In addition to Amtrak, that can take you just about anywhere in the U.S. and Metrolink trains going West to Los Angeles and Ventura County, East to San Bernadino and Riverside Counties, and finally South to Oceanside in San Diego County, where there are other rail services to the City of San Diego. There will also be the proposed California High Speed Rail line, and in addition to that there's also a proposed California- Nevada Super Speed train that's claiming to get you from Anaheim to Las Vegas in about 82 minutes, with speeds ranging from 180-300 mph.

The City of Anaheim, is planning to have the Anaheim Rapid Connection line. ARC which will be an fixed guideway street car has been decided by the city and should begin construction soon at a cost of $318 million and is projected to be operating out of the ARTIC station by 2018. This other transportation option will take you to 4 different stops on the 3.2 mile line within 15 minutes. The stops will be at the Platinum Triangle station, Haster Street station, Anaheim Resort station, by Garden Walk and Disneyland. The last stop will be at the Anaheim Convention Center. The new extention of Gene Autry Way is going to be on some of the this new line as it goes to the Haster Street station.

At the Anaheim Convention Center station of ARC, there might be the proposed connection of a street car system, going through the City of Garden Grove to Westminister Avenue / Seventeenth Street and Harbor Boulevard at the border of the City of Santa Ana, which is within a mile of the Santa Ana River Trail entry point at Seventeenth Street. At that point is another proposed street car system, that will go to the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Station, East of downtown Santa Ana by the railroad tracks for the Amtrak and Metrolink stations.

A few Orange County buses are expected to come into ARTIC, in addition to other express buses from Los Angeles and probably the extention of a express Riverside County bus from the Village of Orange in the City of Orange. The City of Anaheim also operates their own buses in the Disneyland Resort area, under the name of Anaheim Resort Transit ART, many of these are probably going to come into ARTIC as well.

Some of the OCTA and ART buses already come into the area, some of which are currently within a mile East, or on the other side of the freeway by the Current Metrolink and Amtrak Station and include the following:

OCTA bus # 50 Westbound to Long Beach and Eastbound to the Village of Orange Mall in Orange every 20 minutes during peak weekday hours

OCTA bus # 53 Southbound to Santa Ana or Irvine every 12 minutes during peak weekday hours

OCTA bus # 57 Northbound to Brea Mall or Southbound to Newport Beach Transportation Center

OCTA bus # 83 Northbound to Disneyland or Southbound to Laguna Hills Transportation Center

OCTA bus # 153 Northbound to Brea Mall once a hour

OCTA bus # 430 Only a few trips a day scheduled around Metrolink times and goes from Disneyland to ARTIC

Route 12 - Anaheim Resort Transportation has trips every 30 minutes to Disneyland

Route 14 - Anaheim Resort Transportation also has trips every 30 minutes to Disneyland

Route 15 - Anaheim Resort Transportation

Route 19 - Anaheim Resort Transportation

Anaheim Resort Transit Route Map

Anaheim Metrolink Station

There are two different direction that train go in the area with Metrolink. The Orange Line, is the only one at ARTIC. On platform number 1 goes Northbound to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles after 53 minutes of travel. The first stop is at the Fullerton Metrolink and Amtrak Station which takes 9 minutes and from that station you can transfer to Metrolink's 91 line which takes you West to Los Angeles and East to Riverside.

If you go to platform number 2 at ARTIC, the Metrolink will go Southbound and ends in the City of Oceanside over an hour and 19 minutes after getting on the train, which is about 20 miles into San Diego County. The first stop going Southbound is to the Orange Metrolink which takes only 4 minutes but it also has the Inland Empire Line for Metrolink that will take you North and then East to the City of Riverside, going the other way which is South goes to the City of Oceanside, just as the Orange Line does. On your bike to get to the Orange Metrolink station, you can turn off at the Chapman_Avenue entry point of the Santa Ana River Trail and is the closest Southern way to it from the trail. If you're further North and then go East when the trail turns direction shortly after the Lincoln Avenue entry point on the Santa Ana River Trail, you can get to the Orange Metrolink Station by going 5 miles South after getting off the turn off for the Glassell Street you can get on the set of tracks that go North to the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station which you can also get to a few miles away by La Palma Avenue which runs alongside of the Santa Ana River, and the Santa Ana River Trail, which you get off at the Tustin Avenue for the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station.

Anaheim Amtrak Station and Schedules Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station and Schedules Orange Metrolink and Amtrak Station

Modified 02/19/2015