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Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

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  • robbiem
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    Re: Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

    When I visited Disneyland in 2004 we went everywhere in LA by public transport, Hollywood, universal, the Queen Mary etc. the hardest part was finding out about the routes but there was a really helpful information hut outside Disneyland staffed by locals who gave us good tips - they also told us where to buy Discount Disneyland souvenirs

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    I agree completely. Metrolink is potentially able to add service. It's simply a matter of ridership.

    Tens of thousands of people visit Disneyland, and the rest of the Anaheim Resort, everyday, so, if only a fraction of them choose to take the train, Metrolink could expand its operation.

    AConnext | Anaheim Transit. Where You Want to Go.

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  • alphabassetgrrl
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    I'd love to take the train more. No sitting in traffic, and I can have a quick drink in DCA or DTD. The downside is that the last train home leaves Union Station at 7pm.

    That works for Universal, which often closes by 5 or 6pm, but I'd rather stay later at Disneyland.

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Re: Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

    Originally posted by Nirya View Post
    You're just gonna keep beating this drum, aren't you?
    https://youtu.be/gBNfauF6IHc

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Originally posted by sheetz View Post
    In contrast to Disneyland, which really isn't that well served by transit, USH is actually very accessible by transit. Probably the most transit accessible major theme park in the country, in fact.
    As someone who has used both Metrolink to Disneyland and the L.A. Metro Red Line to Universal Studios, I can attest that the latter is far more awkward.

    The only issue with Metrolink is the service frequency midday, late at night, and on the weekends, and, again, this deficiency is a function of too many commuters taking the train relative to the number of Disneyland guests doing so.

    L.A. Metro runs frequent subway service, and those trains are packed right now. Conversely, Metrolink has access to tracks that the railway is simply underutilizing.

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Re: Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

    Originally posted by DsnyRnr View Post
    In order for me to take the train, I would need to drive 30 miles to get to the nearest train station. Then have to stick to their schedule. I might as well just drive the additional 30 miles to Disneyland, go when I want, and leave when I want. So Cal is designed to take advantage of mass transit.
    Again, most residents of southern California live very close to Metrolink, Coaster, Sprinter, and Pacific Surfliner train stations, to L.A. Metro subway, light-rail, and B.R.T. lines, and to San Diego Trolleys.

    Metrolink connects directly with Bob Hope International Airport in Burbank, and FlyAway shuttles run continually between LAX and Union Station.

    Moreover, the more than 10,000 spaces of terrace parking currently in existence at Disneyland will still be there regardless of whether or not another 5,000 are added. And, again, service frequency is mostly a function of ridership.

    Providing frequent trains running at all hours of the day and night simply requires more Disneyland guests to know that such trains are available and to use them.

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Originally posted by Professortango View Post
    If they ran the trains at decent times, I would consider it. But they start too late and end too early.
    Your concern is precisely the point. The only thing preventing Metrolink from increasing service frequency and running more late-night trains is ridership.

    Metrolink has to do more market development and that requires greater cooperation from and coordination with Disneyland.

    The railway works with all sorts of private interests, including the Angels and the Ducks, on similar endeavors. When an event or an activity center is generating such a huge number of car and truck trips, obviously mass transit makes sense for efficiently bringing people to and from the site and for reducing the adverse impacts of all that travel.

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Re: Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

    Originally posted by SSG View Post
    Well, the car culture is so deeply rooted in California that Disney created an entire land devoted to it in DCA, so this is probably going nowhere fast.
    Disneyland has a railroad, horse-drawn streetcars, omnibuses, monorail trains, and people-movers, too. D.C.A. also added a reincarnation of southern California's Pacific Electric Red Cars, the largest trolley system in the world. And, of course, let's not forget Roger Rabbit in Mickey's Toontown.

    https://youtu.be/OquSczOMkO4

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Re: Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

    Originally posted by RichP1269 View Post
    So for my family of 4, it would be $40 in train fare and stuck to their schedule.

    If I lived close it would be $10 in gas (max) and $17 to park. And I get to keep my own schedule.

    Why take the train?
    Not everyone travels in packs of four.

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  • Lakerfan3224
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    Can someone ban @PragmaticIdealist from this site.

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  • SOTSreleaseplease
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    We are way way off from this happening anytime soon! I look forward to hopefully parking AT Disneyland in the future.

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  • sheetz
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    Re: Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

    In contrast to Disneyland, which really isn't that well served by transit, USH is actually very accessible by transit. Probably the most transit accessible major theme park in the country, in fact. Yet they're still building 2 massive parking structures as part of their expansion.

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  • Wren
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    If we ever get a train system as efficient as Japan, this may work

    But I dont see that anytime soon

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  • Professortango
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    If they ran the trains at decent times, I would consider it. But they start too late and end too early.

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  • Stormy
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    deleted. I indulged in a bit of snark, then thought better of it. Obeying the Mice Chat Code, me.

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  • DsnyRnr
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    In order for me to take the train, I would need to drive 30 miles to get to the nearest train station. Then have to stick to their schedule. I might as well just drive the additional 30 miles to Disneyland, go when I want, and leave when I want. So Cal is designed to take advantage of mass transit.

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  • SSG
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    Well, the car culture is so deeply rooted in California that Disney created an entire land devoted to it in DCA, so this is probably going nowhere fast.

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  • Nirya
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    You're just gonna keep beating this drum, aren't you?

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  • BasilofBakerStreet
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    Traffic near the ARTIC can be worse than the resort. I've been in that area during a game. I avoid it if the Ducks or Angels are playing.

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  • RichP1269
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    Re: Once upon a Train: Metrolink to Disneyland and Beyond

    So for my family of 4, it would be $40 in train fare and stuck to their schedule.

    If I lived close it would be $10 in gas (max) and $17 to park. And I get to keep my own schedule.

    Why take the train?

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