Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center

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Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
Santa Ana Amtrak Station.jpg
Santa Ana station, 2008
Location1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, California 92701
Coordinates33°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
Owned byCity of Santa Ana[1]
Platforms2 side platforms
Train operatorsMetrolink and Amtrak
ConnectionsGreyhound, OCTA, International Bus Lines
Parking315 spaces
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectThe Blurock Partnership
Architectural styleMediterranean Revival/Spanish Colonial Revival
Other information
Station codeSNA
OpenedSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07)[2]
Passengers (2017)194,581[3]Increase 1.49% (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Anaheim Pacific Surfliner Irvine
toward San Diego
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
Orange Inland Empire–Orange County Line Tustin
toward Oceanside
Orange Orange County Line
Former services
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Orange Surf Line San Juan Capistrano
toward San Diego
Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area

Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center 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.[4][failed verification] The station, which cost approximately $17 million, was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, California Department of Transportation, and the city of Santa Ana.[5]

The station was designed by the Blurock Partnership architectural firm 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.[5]

The last scene in the movie Rain Man was filmed at the station.[1][6] Its exterior and interior appeared in the second season of True Detective in 2015.[7]

In FY2010 Santa Ana was the 22nd-busiest of Amtrak's 73 California stations, boarding or detraining an average of about 420 passengers daily.[8]


Track 1 (northbound)  Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Anaheim)
 Inland Empire–Orange County Line toward San Bernardino-Downtown (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.

Future service[edit]

Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center is the planned eastern terminus of the Orange County Streetcar, a 4 miles (6.4 km) streetcar line to Garden Grove that as of 2016 is being designed and is scheduled to open in 2021.


  1. ^ a b Elston, Bob (February 23, 1994). "SANTA ANA : Station Is More Than a Train Depot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  2. ^ Rose, Andy (September 8, 1985). "Santa Ana : Officials Dedicate Transportation Center". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017 - State of California" (pdf). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  4. ^ Gustafson and Serpico, p. 189
  5. ^ a b Great American Stations. Accessed March 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Internet Movie Database
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06.


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