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ARTIC: Moving Orange County Forward
ANAHEIM, CA - (March 16, 2011) - Plans for the construction and opening of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) remain on track.

The City of Anaheim continues to make progress on this project, which is a partnership between the City and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).  The OCTA Board members recently reaffirmed their support and commitment to ARTIC at their Feb. 14 Board meeting.  In addition, many private organizations and local government leaders have also expressed their support of ARTIC, including the Orange County Business Council, the Anaheim/OC Visitor and Convention Bureau, Congressman Ed Royce, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  ARTIC is expected to open in 2014.

The ARTIC site is within walking distance of three major entertainment venues in Anaheim's Platinum Triangle:  Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and City National Grove of Anaheim.   Future plans for Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC), a fixed-guideway system, will transport guests from ARTIC to stops within the Platinum Triangle and the Anaheim Resort District.

"ARTIC is an exciting project in which residents, businesses and visitors will benefit," said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.  "We anticipate 5,000 jobs will be created as a result of this construction project, and we all know job creation is critical to Orange County's economic recovery.  More than 20 million guests visit Anaheim each year, and 40 million guests travel to Orange County annually.  We expect those numbers to grow, which heightens the need for increased mobility."

The planning and construction of ARTIC is designed to meet current and future mobility needs.  According to the Orange County Business Council, research indicates traffic congestion costs California $20 billion per year in wasted fuel and lost time.  Upon completion, existing public transportation options in and around Anaheim, Orange County and beyond can expand, thereby reducing vehicle congestion, pollution and green house gas emissions.  Not only will ARTIC meet urgent transportation needs, it is designed to accommodate future bus and rail lines, including the proposed high speed rail and Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC).

Recently the City evaluated the pre-qualifications of vendors for the ARTIC shell and enclosure material, to be constructed from ETFE materials.  ETFE, or ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, is a state-of-the-art material that allows for light filtration and substantial energy cost savings, with adjustments for day and night, and warm and cool weather.  The most notable building constructed with ETFE is the Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known at the Water Cube during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.  The ETFE material is designed to complement the City's efforts to build ARTIC to meet LEED Platinum status.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. 

Of the 11 responding firms, the City prequalified three ETFE and four curtain wall vendors.  The City anticipates bids will be received in June, followed by the City's selection of the ETFE, curtain wall and steel fabrication and erection contractor in July 2011.  The general construction contract for the remaining components will be awarded in 2012.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which is the federal clearance component, is anticipated this spring. 

For more information on ARTIC and to sign-up to receive information as the project progresses, please visit www.articinfo.com.


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