This past Saturday, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) made its grand debut to the public. Funded with nearly $200 million in federal and local grants, the already iconic structure will host Amtrak, Metrolink, and OCTA lines, along with bus charters and even restaurants -- OC's own Union Station. But ARTIC's planners are justifying the structure by pinning their hopes on two controversial boondoggles: California's high-speed rail system, and a proposed Anaheim streetcar that would connect the station to the Anaheim Resort area. Is ARTIC prescient planning--or a station to nowhere?
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