When you’ve headed to points south in recent years you may have noticed a puffy sliver hump rising on the horizon. It’s Anaheim’s new high-speed rail station, ARTIC, and it’s going to open in December. I got to take a peek inside this week when I rode Amtrak down to the old Anaheim station, which will be dismantled early next year. Now wait, you say, there’s no high-speed rail—yet? That’s true. But what ARTIC is doing is slowly pulling together all the local transit methods, from Amtrak to Metrolink, to buses to Disneyland, to bikeways, to an easy way to walk to Angel Stadium into this one gorgeous hub that will become a landmark for all those drivers on the 5 stuck in traffic to see. It will show drivers there is a better way to get around, and when high-speed rail does arrive, it will be ready to transform the region forever.
Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each week. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.