Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center

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Santa Ana
Santa Ana Amtrak Station.jpg
Santa Ana Station, 2008
Location 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
Owned by City of Santa Ana[1]
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Train operators Metrolink and Amtrak
Connections Greyhound, OCTA
Construction
Parking 315 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Architect The Blurock Partnership
Other information
Station code SNA
History
Opened 1985[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 202,912[3]Increase 0.53% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Pacific Surfliner
Metrolink
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
Santa Ana is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Santa Ana
Santa Ana
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] The station, which cost approximately $17 million, was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, California Department of Transportation, and city.[5]

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.[5]

The last scene in the movie Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, was filmed at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center.[1][6]

Its exterior and interior were also the setting of a farewell scene in the second season finale of True Detective on August 9, 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]

Layout[edit]

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.

Southbound Track 2 (next to the depot) and northbound Track 1 connect 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. Station tracks are separated by a safety barrier that blocks surface movement.

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

Main article: West Santa Ana Branch

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.[9][10]

Notes[edit]

  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. ^ "2013 California Report" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Gustafson and Serpico, p. 189
  5. ^ a b Great American Stations. Accessed March 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ http://www.cahsrblog.com/2015/08/true-detective-finale-open-thread/
  8. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  9. ^ Gonzales, Ron (June 24, 2012). "Proposed streetcar would connect Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove". The Orange County Register. 
  10. ^ Weikel, Dan (May 12, 2015). "Rail could make a comeback in O.C. with proposed streetcar line". Los Angeles Times. 

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