Anaheim Councilmember Kris Murray won’t likely talk to us, but she’ll lie to the Liberal OC. From an interview published in October, in italics below we’ve copied the segment where she fibs, stretches the truth and obfuscates about her pet project, a $318 million streetcar system she and her City Council wants to build between the Convention Center, Disneyland and the $190 million white elephant ARTIC train station that’s to replace the perfectly adequate, existing Metrolink/Amtrak
/High-Speed Rail station at Angels Stadium that’s NEVER going to see a Bullet Train. Both ARC and the Bullet Train are also fully supported by Lucy Dunn and the OC Business Council. Murray was a staffer under Dunn before selling out to former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.
Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC) –ARC is an essential part of the city’s planned transportation program, designed to reduce congestion on local streets and roads and facilitate the expansion of the Convention Center and resort area that receives more than 20 million annual visitors today and thousands of employees daily.
In truth, ARC is a redundant, overpriced and foolish waste of money. Like the existing Anaheim train station, ARTIC will continue to be serviced by the efficient and relatively cheap Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) shuttle bus system that’s owned and operated by the City, Disney and a number of the larger Resort hotels. Per this recent Reason Foundation study, transit systems do NOT reduce congestion, and in fact might increase it:
- Statistical analysis of the 74 largest urbanized areas in the U.S. over a 26-year period suggests that increasing transit utilization does not lead to a reduction in traffic congestion; nor does decreasing transit utilization lead to an increase in traffic congestion.
- Policies designed to promote transit utilization can in certain instances increase traffic congestion—as appears to have been the case in Portland, Oregon.
The study’s primary author is the former Controller-Treasurer (CFO) of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (now “LA Metro”).
There’s more on the Anaheim:Portland comparison here. The Anaheim Resort area is actually more successful than Murray knows — it’s welcomed almost 30 million conventioneers and Disney guests, about 75% of what Las Vegas drew in its most successful years. However, the streetcar won’t be hauling any Resort employees unless they’re arriving by the Metrolink as it services no parking facilities, especially in more affordable outlying areas that might make it of some use.
The Anaheim resort area generates approximately 50 percent of the city’s general fund revenue and that funding is growing because of investments in the resort area and recent improvements to the Disneyland Parks.
Yet, Disney won’t pony up a dime for the streetcar from which
it supposedly benefits — nor will they allow it on their property, presumably to avoid liability issues and for its lack of revenue generation to the Mouse. The closest streetcar station to the Disneyland Maingate is on the east side Harbor Blvd., much further from the Park entrances than the Disney parking trolleys, the ART shuttle boarding area and even OCTA bus stops.
The city needs to manage that growth effectively and limit impacts on local neighborhoods.
There are no neighborhoods affected, or served, by the streetcar system. Murray also fails to mention to the incurious Dan Chmielewski that the streetcar will also result in the destruction of two local businesses directly across from the Maingate, a Best Western hotel and an extremely popular IHOP restaurant. Chmielewski did not ask Murray how much sales and occupancy tax the taking of these properties would cost the city, or the value of property tax revenue lost to the County.
ARC and ARTIC are essential to local and regional commuter transit services.
Hardly. As we’ve researched and linked above, ARC is redundant to the OCTA bus system, the ART shuttles and local taxi services. And, with the Bullet Train nearly dead, ARTIC will serve NO more commuters than the existing train station — all of 250 per day. The Anaheim station is only the third busiest in the County, after Fullerton and Irvine.
ARTIC is the center of the LOSSAN (Los Angeles – Orange – San Diego) Corridor – the second busiest commuter rail corridor in the nation today.
This statement means nothing. Southern California, we all know, is dominated by the automobile. Metrolink carries no where close to the commuter rail traffic of the Long Island Railroad, or Chicago’s Metra system.
As the population of Southern California grows, transit plays an important role to the greater regional transportation network. ARTIC and ARC are valuable components of that network and will be paid with local, state and federal transportation funds
ARTIC and ARC will primarily be paid for by Orange County’s Measure M sales tax. Anaheim and the OCTA can expect little from the Federal government, and nothing from our nearly bankrupt State.
– funds that could not be used to support other city programs. The City Council has committed unanimously that there will be no impact on the city’s general fund to construct or operate.
Of course there won’t be any Anaheim city funds spent on either of these boondoggles — even Mayor Tom Tait, who’s questioned the viability and expense of the streetcar, assured his residents that NOTHING would come out of his General Fund (or as mentioned above, the Walt Disney Company). The MAJORITY of ARTIC’s and ARC’s cost is borne by County taxpayers.