Anaheim’s new ARTIC train station was built on the wrong side of the freeway, putting visitors further away from Disneyland. And whereas the old station had easy access to buses and parking, the new one forces passengers to walk long distances.
It is also a financial disaster:
The bulk of the $185 million ARTIC project cost was paid for by Orange County taxpayers with a special half-percent sales tax known as Measure M2.
But it’s Anaheim’s taxpayers that will shoulder the annual operating and maintenance expenses for ARTIC, which is several times over the cost to run train stations in other nearby cities.
For example, the Irvine train station saw 1,900 boardings a day in fiscal year 2013-14, according to city provided figures. That’s well over twice as many as ARTIC.
The cost to operate and maintain the Irvine train station annually is $485,000.
That cost for ARTIC is expected to be $4.7 million, nearly 10 times what it costs to run the Irvine station.
Oh, and rail ridership at Anaheim is down 32.2% over the past two years.