Anaheim’s newest ambitious infrastructure project, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), is one step closer to becoming a reality for the thousands of residents who depend on the city’s public transportation every day. The planned Southern California regional transit hub has received environmental clearance from the federal oversight body to proceed.
The most recent hurdle is the assessment of environmental impact of the project. This week, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) received a Finding of No Significant Impact from the Federal Transportation Authority for its Environmental Assessment on the project; this clears both the federal and state requirements for environmental approval for the Center.
“By gaining final environmental approvals from both the federal and state government, ARTIC has cleared two significant hurdles that move the project much closer to groundbreaking,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “The City of Anaheim is working closely with OCTA on the planning and construction of this state-of-the-art facility. ARTIC will make travel in Southern California easier and we all look forward to the completion of this project.”
At this stage, the project is still in planning; the design for the Center is expected to be finalized in the spring, while permits and construction plans are still being completed. The next major step is the project bidding and selection of a general contractor, also scheduled for the spring. ARTIC is currently set to break ground in the fall, with a completion date of fall 2014. When complete, the Center is projected to serve more than 10,000 commuters and travelers a day.
The Center is projected to be a major asset to the city and county’s business, entertainment and tourism industries, as it will serve as a hub for commuters, travelers and visitors throughout the Southern California region.
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