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Plans for high-speed rail link to Disneyland Resort scaled back

Plans to connect Disneyland to San Francisco via a high-speed rail link have been scaled back, with the line now expected to terminate in Los Angeles.

The Orange County Register reports that plans released by the California High Speed Rail authority show that passengers aiming to reach Disneyland would need to disembark at Los Angeles' Union Station, before completing their 30-mile journey to Anaheim (where the park is located) on slower trains. It is estimated that shortening the proposed route will save some $6 billion in construction costs.

The Disneyland Resort has supported the proposals to bring visitors to Anaheim via the rail link, which would potentially help to alleviate traffic and car parking issues. Disney has also supported the development of ARTIC, a $200 million transportation hub. This will be part of the Anaheim Resort Transportation service, which has recently been expanded to include Knott's Berry Farm.

Anaheim officials told the Orange County Register that they would still seek an improved rail connection between Los Angeles and Anaheim. This would reduce the journey time to Disneyland, but not to the same extent as the original plans for a 220 miles per hour link.

For full details of the revised plans, read the The Orange County Register's report.


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