Eco-friendly rail station to link to Disneyland
A new eco-friendly rail station planned for Anaheim, CA will also provide a link to the Disneyland Resort when it opens in 2013. Named the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC, the station is meant to be a symbol of the SoCal community's commitment to eco-friendly transportation and alternative energy programs. It will feature advanced technologies like an expandable EFTE membrane covering that will expand and contract to control natural lighting, saving on energy, and photovoltaics and hot water heating cells. ARTIC is expected to cost a a total of $180 million and construction on the project is expected to begin early next year, pending the availability of funds from the U.S. government. "We're getting the critical infrastructure in place where you can actually envision a day in the future where you can reliably get around without a car," said Todd Osborne, vice-president at HOK. "I don't think we're talking about replacing the automobile, but maybe it's not every trip." Once completed, ARTIC is expected to link up with a number of transportation services, including the Disneyland monorail.