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Anaheim : Council Moves Toward Setting Up Bus System

Anaheim may one day find itself with a futuristic-looking “people mover” outside the perimeters of Disneyland.

City Council members Tuesday took an initial step toward creation of a 2.8-mile-long elevated bus system in the commercial-recreation area, which includes Disneyland and the Convention Center.

The council’s action, however, is not an endorsement of “Transpark,” a proposed above-ground bus system to relieve traffic congestion around Disneyland. With its vote, the council accepted a study and set aside $15,000 to prepare documents to create a parking authority.

A $50,000 study co-sponsored by the Orange County Transportation Commission and the Southern California Assn. of Governments concluded that an elevated bus system is feasible and could alleviate traffic congestion.

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The cost of the 2.8-mile system with nine stations is estimated at about $71 million. The cost of the buses, which are expected to last between 12 to 15 years, is $78 million. Annual operations and maintenance would run about $800,000, the study determined.

Transpark is the brainchild of Herb Leo, retired chairman of the board of an Anaheim-based food-processing company.

Allan B. Hughes, who is president of Transpark Inc. and Chamber of Commerce executive director, said the project has been in the works for several years.


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