Plans to construct a Metrolink rail station in Anaheim's northeast industrial area were kept on track this week with the approval of design and landscaping specifications for the commuter facility.
City Council members, acting in their roles as Anaheim Redevelopment Agency officials, voted unanimously Tuesday to proceed with the project. The agency has budgeted $1.2 million for the Anaheim Canyon Station, which will be built between the Riverside Freeway and La Palma Avenue, west of Tustin Avenue.
The agency's executive director, Elisa Stipkovich, expects the station to open by the end of April if construction bids are favorable.
Mayor Tom Daly said Inland Empire residents who work in Anaheim will make up the largest portion of passengers using the new facility. When it becomes operational, the station will be one of seven stops on the Metrolink commuter rail corridor that originates in San Bernardino and continues through the cities of Riverside, Anaheim, Tustin and Irvine.
Design plans for the station include a concrete platform, 510 feet long and 16 feet wide, that will be covered by five steel canopies. There will also be an access ramp for the handicapped and staging areas for buses.
Also involved in creating the new commuter stop are the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and the Orange Country Transportation Authority.