Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Anaheim City Council OKs streetcar proposal

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The Anaheim, Calif., City Council, in a split 3-2 vote, has advanced a 3.2-mile streetcar plan that would serve, among other points, the original Disneyland.

Anaheim already has $24.6 million in transportation funds for the $319 million project, and expects to tap some federal "New Starts" funding, and funding from Measure M2, a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects in Orange County.

The plan at present is opposed by Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Lorri Galloway, who on Tuesday questioned the solidity of such funding plans and the potential operating costs involved.

But the Council majority was satisfied with the studies done to date, which included evaluations of other transport modes, including monorail and route-specific bus services.

The streetcar route would run mostly east-west, from the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), past Angels Stadium, GardenWalk Mall, and Disneyland, with a western terminus at the Anaheim Convention Center. ARTIC is served by Amtrak and regional rail services on the LOSSAN Corridor (Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo), and is expected to serve the state's high speed rail network should HSR be built.