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Grand Opening Celebration for New Anaheim Intermodal Center

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Anaheim Intermodal Center

ARTIC’s arched roof consists of metal ribs and inflated cushions that allow light to flood the interior.

ANAHEIM, CALIF.—On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the public gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, better known as ARTIC; transit providers began serving the facility on December 6. Attendees enjoyed food, live music and activities for the entire family. During guided tours, visitors learned about the intermodal hub’s many sustainable features, which have helped earn the facility a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Located in downtown Anaheim along the Santa Ana River, ARTIC is served by Amtrak, Metrolink commuter trains, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)and intercity buses and Anaheim Resort Transportation shuttles. Bike racks, bike lockers and electric vehicle charging stations are also available. In addition to a passenger waiting area that offers Wi-Fi and charging stations, the facility includes dining and retail space that makes it a destination for non-travelers.

Station interior at Anaheim

The soaring station interior is filled with natural light.

Stunningly modernistic, the 67,000 square foot station was designed by engineering and architectural firms Parsons Brinckerhoff and HOK, which drew inspiration from early 20th century stations known for their lofty glass and steel train sheds. The facility cost approximately $184.2 million and was funded through federal, state and local sources.

ARTIC’s defining feature is its soaring arched form, which reaches a maximum height of 120 feet and creates one open interior space devoid of structural columns. The form consists of crisscrossed metal ribs whose large diamond-shaped voids are filled with high-performance Ethylene Tetra Flouro Ethylene (EFTE) membrane that is layered and filled with air to create cushions. Not only is the material durable and lightweight, but it also allows ample sunlight to flood the interior, thereby cutting back on the use of electric light.

The new regional intermodal center is served by the Pacific Surfliner, which is primarily financed and operated in partnership with the California Department of Transportation. In Fiscal Year 2014, more than 254,000 passengers began or ended their journeys at the former Anaheim station.