The truth about the planned A.R.T.I.C. Hub is sad and depressing. I read a paper a few years ago (that I tried to locate for this blog to no avail) that stated the many reasons why Californians don’t embrace mass public transportation. The reasons included the corporate sabotage of our early systems, the lack of political capital such projects bring politicians, and most interesting to me, the fact that California doesn’t have a mass public transportation culture or mindset.
Teenagers can get drivers permits when they turn 15 1/2, and they can get a license 6 months later. Having a car when you’re a HS senior is the maker or breaker in the youth culture (lest your parents pick you up and drop you off on your dates and hangouts).Â Many parents pride themselves on being able to get their younglings their own vehicle (this is especially true in the Hispanic culture, que no Gustavo?). Who wants to carpool to work with that weird smelly guy from accounting? The fact of the matter is we are a car driving society.
The thing that gets to me is that Anaheim’s Mayor Curt Pringle and Harry Sidhu, our two most rabidly conservative council members offer two words when pressed for their planning of future traffic congestion. A.R.T.I.C. Hub. Instead of putting efforts into planning for future traffic congestion, and Â following traffic trends that indicate that our current public transportation systems do nothing to mitigate traffic, they insist that the A.R.T.I.C. Hub will be the cure all to our traffic woes. The Hub for those of you that don’t know is going to be a consortium of taxi’s, light rail, magnet bullet rails from Prop 1A, and our current bus systems that will make Anaheim the mass transport hub of Orange County.
In reality the A.R.T.I.C. hub will only serve bring more revenue and more traffic woes, to Anaheim because our resort district. That’s all fine and dandy; I mean I pay awesome utility rates that are typically 20% lower than surrounding cities. And the project will make more (crappy) jobs that pay 8 bucks an hour, and so on.Â But to hide this wolf in sheep’s clothing , and tout it as a traffic fixer and revolutionizer for Anaheim Â when it’s real purpose is to bring more people, quicker into Anaheim is deceitful and dangerous when you take into account that no other traffic planning is being seriously approached.
To compound the problem further, Anaheim will have 15% more homes in 2012. And our sports fanatical Mayor is trying his hardest to bring a football team to Anaheim.Â And did I mention we’ll need another stadium for them?