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First trains into the new ARTIC Anaheim Train Station 12/6/2014



by Chris Guenzler



After all the times I have ridden by this thing on the train, it would finally be open on December 6, 2014. I would drive to Fullerton driving by it on the 57 Freeway then board Pacific Surfliner 562 for the short trip to Anaheim. I would have an hour to look around before I took Pacific Surfliner 763 back to Fullerton then home to do Lets Talk Trains. That is the plan. Now let us see if it works.

12/6/2014 Up early I drove to Fullerton and parked on the south side to wait for Pacific Surfliner 562. Below you can read about the new station.

ARTIC's Vision

ARTIC's vision is to transform travel and deliver memorable experiences through an iconic, ingeniously designed hub that centralizes transportation, choice dining, specialty shopping, unique events and convenient access to all of Southern California's renowned destinations.

About ARTIC - Let's Go!

Located in the City of Anaheim between Honda Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is the premier transportation hub in Southern California offering a unique variety of transit, dining, retail and entertainment options in one convenient location. ARTIC is an iconic, LEED Platinum design hub that brings together the services of OCTA, Metrolink, Amtrak, Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART), shuttles, taxis, bikes, tour and charter buses, and other public/private transportation providers. The 67,000 square foot hub, managed and leased by Lincoln Property Company, benefits residents, local businesses, commuters and visitors by offering increased mobility and convenient access to renowned attractions throughout Anaheim and Southern California. In addition to providing expanded public transportation options, ARTIC is a destination for all that offers amenities like transit oriented retail, specialty dining, Wi-Fi and charging stations, parking, bike racks and lockers, as well as community space for the public to enjoy. ARTIC is also 'Buy America Compliant', meaning the building materials are proudly manufactured in the United States. ARTIC will open to the public on December 13, 2014 - Let's Go! For more information about ARTIC, visit www.articinfo.com or follow us at Facebook.com/ARTICAnaheim and Twitter.com/ARTICAnaheim.

ARTIC Frequently Asked Questions: What is ARTIC?

ARTIC is the premier transportation hub in Southern California offering a unique variety of transit, dining, retail, and entertainment options in one convenient location. Whether you are a resident, commuter or visitor to Anaheim, ARTIC is your gateway to memorable experiences.

What types of transportation will run through the ARTIC hub?

ARTIC brings together the services of OCTA, Metrolink, Amtrak and Anaheim Resort Transit (ART), in one location, and offers access to shuttles, taxis, bikes, tour and charter buses like Coach USA, and other public/private transportation providers.

Who will ARTIC cater to?

ARTIC will cater to residents, local businesses, commuters and visitors who are seeking convenient access to all of Southern California and memorable dining, shopping and special event experiences on and off property. ARTIC is your travel gateway to memorable experiences.

What will ARTIC offer commuters?

ARTIC offers a variety of transit options in one central location, affording commuters convenient access to all of Southern California while reducing their carbon footprint. Providing a unique selection of dining and retail options, ARTIC enhances your commuter experience whether you're heading to work or grabbing a meal with coworkers on the way to your final destination. Also, with direct access to the adjacent Santa Ana River Trail and on - site bicycle parking and amenities, ARTIC is a convenient gathering point for bike commuters.

What will ARTIC offer residents and local area workers?

ARTIC provides Southern California residents with the ultimate experience in transit, dining, retail and entertainment at an affordable price. Experience architectural excellence by dining in this extraordinary, ingeniously designed hub that offers a comfortable, engaging environment. Local residents and workers can take a train, bus, taxi or bike to ARTIC and gain quick, stress - free access to local landmarks such as Disneyland Resort, Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center, the Platinum Triangle, the Anaheim Convention Center and more. Relying on ARTIC, you can save money on parking fees and gas, avoid crowded parking lots, and enjoy pre - event and post - event activities worry free. ARTIC delivers and connects you with memorable experiences throughout Southern California.

The Trip

I drove up to Fullerton and pulled into the south side parking lot.





The Fullerton train station very early in the morning.





We have a green signal.





BNSF 7469 West came through Fullerton as I waited.





My ticket for this Fullerton to Anaheim round trip.





Pacific Surfliner 562 came into Fullerton and I boarded for the short 6 minute trip to Anaheim. My conductor scanned my ticket at the door as I got on. I walked to the Cafe Car and took a seat. I talked with the Head Conductor who let me off at the Pacific Business Class door where I was the first passenger ever to step off the train at the new Artic train station in Anaheim. I walked towards the front of the train meeting Cliff Prather there.





Pacific Surfliner 562 at Artic Anaheim train station.





Pacific Surfliner 562 left Anaheim as the first train ever to stop at this new station.





Now Cliff and I will take our first trip inside the new Artic Anaheim station.





We took the elevator up noticing the flooring has yet to be installed.





Next we took this walkway to reach the building.





You must pass through these doors to get inside the station.





The inside waiting area with bathrooms on this level.





Now we will walk down to the second level of the station.





Future retail shops and more bathrooms are on this level.





This is how you reach the lowest level of the station.





Ritter's will be an Oyster Bar in the new station.





To the Trains up these stairs or escalators.





At the end of the hallway under the stairs are the Station offices.





The Amtrak Ticket Area of the station.





The Bus Ticket Area of the station.





A future store will be in this area of the station.





Out these doors are Bus Bays 1-5.





Out these doors are Bus Bays 11-13.





The Main Entrance out front of the Artic station building.





Front views of the Artic station building.





Bus Bays 1-5.





Bus Bays 11-13.





The SPX ticket machine.





The hallway out to Bus Bays 6-10.





Cliff Prather and I sat at this table and talked before we walked back to the bridge over the tracks.





We walked back to the tracks stopping for this picture showing the Honda Center across Kattelle Avenue.





These views show where the Metrolink ticket machines are.





Pacific Surfliner 564 pulled into the Artic Anaheim station just as Pacific Surfliner 763 was arriving. Pacific Surfliner 564 has the cars of LA Rail's Troop train on the rear with Amtrak 184 pushing today.





Pacific Surfliner 763 pulled into Anaheim to pick me up. My conductor Lucia scanned my ticket then we had a nice talk as we made our way to Fullerton. I got off and headed to the bridge over the tracks.





Pacific Surfliner 763 leaves Fullerton for Goleta. I returned home to host Lets Talk Train this morning.



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