Question: How big a train station is required to handle bidirectional 4 trains/hr?
Most railway planners would give an answer something like this:
But in Anaheim, the solution for handling for their measly 4 trains/hr (2030 projection!) is this $180 million palatial megacomplex, the Grand Central of Orange County, otherwise known as Artic:
The “Leed(TM) Platinum-Certified sustainable building” will provide over 1255 parking spaces.
Unfortunately, the station is not an anomaly. Many cities view train stations as a form of monument building. All over California there are similar stations either being planned or already built. It would be one thing if these were “Grand Central” station stops with tens of millions of annual trips. But they aren’t — even with most optimistic travel forecasts they will always be just minor suburban stops.