By Cynthia Ward:
Last year, an Anaheim City Council majority approved a $318 million publicly-funded streetcar running about 3 miles from the ARTICtransportation center (train station) north of the 57 freeway through the Platinum Triangle to theResort, with funds from County Measure M2 gas taxes, TID (tourism improvement district) taxes(2% of the 17% bed tax), and anticipated Federal taxes through the FTA (Federal Transit Authority) New Starts program.
“Taxes” means you and I, the public, pay for it.
The rejected alternative to this over-$100-million-per-mile boondoggle? A $53 million enhanced bus proposal. That’s still expensive, but over $250 million less than what they voted for.
Who benefits from this project?
The Disneyland Resort, of course, along with hotels, and other resort businesses. That’s because they can use the train station’s remote parking and get extra business that might be coming from the train. It also means Disney can potentially get their parking lot off the old strawberry field they bought and use it as the 3rdpark they have been planning for.
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