ARTIC: From Platform to Landmark
The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center answers a need for increased rail transit service and centralizes transportation in Anaheim, Calif.
HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff were selected to design a flexible, innovative transit station to link commuter and regional rail service and intercity bus systems.
“‘The city had the idea they really wanted this building to be iconic and to represent rail transportation for the 21st century,’ said Ernest Cirangle, design principal with HOK. ‘They really wanted to make their mark and show California and show the world that they’re on the forefront of rail transit. We were energized by their idea and mission.’”
“Located in the heart of the city near Disneyland stadiums for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Anaheim Ducks, the ARTIC station is designed to be a gateway into the community and coordinate travel into one central location.”
“The area not only unites local bus service, but puts it into a location serving a busy rail corridor. Joel Zlotnik, manager of public information for Orange County Transportation Authority, said there are 29 daily trains into the station and 22 Amtrak trips as part of the Pacific Surfliner, which is the second busiest passenger rail corridor in the U.S. behind the Northeast Corridor.”
“Cirangle said HOK got involved with the ARTIC project during a design competition and saw what Anaheim was trying to achieve.”
“He said coming up with the design meant looking to the great rail stations, such as in Europe or the old Penn Station in order to come up with a design that had a grand design that create a civic place.
“According to a statement from the city of Anaheim, ‘ARTIC’s design inspires people about public transit. The station provides a stunning setting for the thousands who use it to commute by train and bus, travel on vacation, get to world-class sports and entertainment, stop in while cycling, shoot TV shows and commercials or take personal photos. This is a true community landmark.’”