Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) will begin service from the Anaheim Amtrak station to The Disneyland® Resort and Anaheim Resort(TM) hotels beginning Oct. 1, 2007. The shuttle service will be provided hourly meeting all southbound and northbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains. A schedule will be posted on the ART website www.rideart.org starting early September.
The service is being initiated based upon the requested needs of the Anaheim Resort Hotels as well as past inquiries made by visitors to The Anaheim Resort according to Diana Kotler, Executive Director for ART. "We feel this is a logical expansion of our service within The Anaheim Resort District as guests can go directly from the train to The Disneyland® Resort Esplanade and, then, either visit the Resort's Parks or transfer buses to one of our many participating hotels for check-in."
The cost to visitors for the service is minimal – $3 for adults and children 10 and under are free. Beginning January 8, 2008, children 10 years and under will be charged $1. A ticket vending kiosk will be available at the station to purchase ART passes.
"We are delighted to have this association with Amtrak," continued Kotler. "This adds a much needed dimension to our service of providing guests with comfortable and easily accessible transportation to and within The Anaheim Resort(TM) District.
"The Anaheim Amtrak Station is one of the busiest in the nation," said Brian Hart, Amtrak's Director of Field Marketing-West. "Amtrak is delighted to have such a convenient service for our passengers at the station's front door." The station is adjacent to Angel Stadium parking lot, located at 2150 East Katella Avenue.
The Anaheim Resort Transit transports 3 million guests annually between 52 local hotels and the Disneyland® Resort entertainment complex. A total of 32 buses and trolleys make up the ART fleet. ART was begun in May 2002.
About California Department of Transportation
The California Department of Transportation partners with Amtrak to provide service on three intercity rail corridors in California. Through a $73 million-per-year annual state operating assistance program and the largest capital assistance program in the nation, the State's Division of Rail supports service between the Bay Area and Sacramento on the Capitol Corridor, between San Francisco/Oakland and Bakersfield on the San Joaquins and in Southern California, between San Diego and San Luis Obispo via Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the Pacific Surfliner. The California Corridors, operated under the partnership banner, Amtrak California, are the busiest in the nation behind the Washington – Boston Northeast corridor and the Empire corridor serving Albany – New York City.
Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail service to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 21,000-mile route system. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com.