1985: The Dedication of a Major Transit Center in Southern California

September 7, 1985

A five-story structure serving as both a passenger rail station and transportation center was officially dedicated in the city of Santa Ana in Southern California. (Santa Ana is one of the most populous cities in the Greater Los Angeles region and the county seat of Orange County.) Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center had the distinction of being the largest new rail station to open in the United State in three decades.

The inaugural festivities for Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center formally began when an Amtrak train carrying public officials arrived there at about noon on that Saturday. Those public officials taking part in the subsequent ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility included Dan Griset, mayor of Santa Ana; Tom Bradley, mayor of Los Angeles; and Leo McCarthy, lieutenant governor of California.

Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center is used by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner passenger rail service; and both the Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line of Southern California’s commuter trains network Metrolink. This facility is also a station for the intercity bus service Greyhound Lines and a hub for Orange County Transportation Authority’s bus system. In addition, Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center serves as a terminal for international bus routes between Mexico and that area of the Golden State.

Photo Credit: Charlie Nguyen (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en)

Additional information on Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center is available at  https://www.greatamericanstations.com/stations/santa-ana-ca-sna/

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