Anaheim Since the Disneyland monorail opened in 1959, residents and officials have imagined the possibility of the futuristic transportation mode stretching beyond Disney property.
Today, Mayor Curt Pringle proposed a way to fund such a monorail to connect the tourist area with a planned transportation hub and downtown-like region.
Pringle today gave his sixth State of the City speech to a sold-out crowd at the Grove of Anaheim, outlining his initiatives for the coming year.
A top priority is to seek funding from the private sector to build a monorail system running from the Disneyland area to the proposed Anaheim Regional Transit Intermodal Center east of Angel Stadium in the Platinum Triangle, which the city is trying to turn into an urban village.
Pringle said a monorail would "symbolically and technologically bring Walt Disney's iconic vision of 50 years ago alive today and bring a physical connection to the various destinations in our city."
Last month, the City Council last month approved a proposal to seek Measure M funding from Orange County Transportation Authority for a "fixed guideway system," such as a monorail.
But Pringle said the city is unlikely to get the $250 million needed to construct the roughly three-mile system. So, he is proposing to ask Disney and other Anaheim Resort area businesses to help pay for the system that would serve about 2.6 million people annually.
"We must find funding resources that will bring these big ideas like ARTIC and a monorail connector from dreams to reality," Pringle said.
The council's proposal states that the monorail would be built starting in six to 10 years.