Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center

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Santa Ana
Amtrak and Metrolink commuter rail station
Santa Ana Amtrak Station.jpg
Santa Ana Station, 2008
Station statistics
Address 1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, California 92701
Coordinates 33°45′06″N 117°51′23″W / 33.7516°N 117.8565°W / 33.7516; -117.8565Coordinates: 33°45′06″N 117°51′23″W / 33.7516°N 117.8565°W / 33.7516; -117.8565
Line(s) Amtrak Metrolink:
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 315 spaces
Other information
Opened 1986
Architect The Blurock Partnership
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code SNA
Owned by Orange County Transportation Authority
Passengers (2013) 202,912[1] Increase 0.53% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Pacific Surfliner
Inland Empire–Orange County Line
toward Oceanside
Orange County Line
  Former services  
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Los Angeles
Surf Line
toward San Diego
Location of the Santa Ana Amtrak Station.
Location of the Santa Ana Amtrak Station.
Location within Los Angeles

Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (its official name) is a passenger rail station and transportation center in Santa Ana, California. It is used by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink's Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains. It is also a Greyhound station and a hub for the Orange County Transportation Authority bus system as well as a terminal for several Mexican bus tour companies.

When the station opened on September 7, 1985 it was the largest new rail station built in the United States since the completion of the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal circa 1955. The center was erected on the site of a former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway combination depot that had been constructed in 1939 and closed in 1982.[2] The station, which cost approximately $17 million, was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, California Department of Transportation, and city.[3]

The station was designed by the architectural firm of The Blurock Partnership (from Newport Beach), in the Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean Revival architectural styles to complement the region’s older buildings. Features include red barrel roof tiles, arcades, colonnades, exterior walls finished to resemble stucco, and the extensive use of painted tiles for decoration.[4]

The last scene in the movie Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, was filmed at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center.[5]

In FY2010 Santa Ana was the 22nd-busiest of Amtrak's 73 California stations, boarding or detraining an average of about 420 passengers daily.[6]


Track 1 (northbound) Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Anaheim)
Inland Empire–Orange County Line toward San Bernardino (Orange)
Orange County Line toward L.A. Union Station (Orange)
Track 2 (southbound) Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego-Union Station (Irvine)
Inland Empire–Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Tustin)
Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Tustin)
Pedestrian bridge linking northbound Track 1 to The Depot and Track 2.

Station tracks are separated by a barrier that blocks surface movement from the southbound Track 2 (next to The Depot) and adjacent northbound Track 1. However, Track 2 is accessible via a pedestrian bridge with stairs and elevators. Descending the stairs towards Track 2 offers views of the transportation center and the greater Santa Ana and area mountains. Typically train arrivals are announced over the intercom affording ample time to make one's way across the bridge.

West Santa Ana Branch (Pacific Electric Right-of-Way)[edit]

The Orange County Transportation Authority, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Southern California Association of Governments, hopes to build a new transit line west from the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, then northwest along the West Santa Ana Branch across the county line to the intersection of the Metro Blue Line and the Metro Green Line, then possibly north to Los Angeles Union Station. Possible modes being studied include bus rapid transit, light rail, and high-speed rail.


  1. ^ "2013 California Report". Amtrak. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Gustafson and Serpico, p. 189
  3. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 12, 2013.
  5. ^ Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 


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