The Anaheim City Council has narrowly approved plans for a $319 million streetcar system connecting the city's forthcoming commuter train station to the Anaheim convention center and points in between. The OC Register reports that three councilmembers overrode opposition from the mayor and another councilmember, who claimed they didn't know enough about the project and were concerned about being on the hook for some of the construction price (10 percent of the Portland-esque streetcar has to come from local sources) and its $4.3 million annual operating expenses. The city has $24.6 million on hand for the project, with hopes that the feds pay for half of the remaining. The 3.2-mile line will connect the under-construction ARTIC train station--with connections to Amtrak, Metrolink, and possibly high-speed rail--to the Anaheim Convention Center, with stops at the Platinum Triangle, GardenWalk Mall, and Disneyland. A monorail, similar to the one that gets people into Disneyland, was also considered (too expensive), as was a bus system (little federal funding or opportunity for surrounding development). No word on an anticipated opening for the streetcar just yet.
· Anaheim OKs $319M Project for Streetcars [OC Register]
· Anaheim Station May Get Disneyland Streetcar Connection [Curbed LA]