I love the thrill of riding Disney California Adventures’ California Screamin’ roller coaster. I love Georgia’s divine fried chicken in the Anaheim Packing House. I also love the colorful and eclectic Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana. However, I don’t care for southern California traffic, or fighting for a parking space in a crowded parking lot. Enter Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART): the popular bus system designed to connect the dots to some of the top destinations in OC.
This past Memorial Day Weekend ART celebrated its 15th Anniversary. It all began in 2002 with eight routes that serviced just the Anaheim Resort area. The need was evident, as they transported three million passengers in that first year, that people wanted more public transportation options. Since then, ART has grown to service nine million passengers annually via 22 routes that cover Anaheim/Disneyland Resort, ARTIC Transportation Center, Anaheim’s Sports Centers, Anaheim Packing House District, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim Gardenwalk, The Outlets at Orange, Downtown Santa Ana, Bowers Museum, Knott’s Berry Farm/Buena Park Entertainment District, South Coast Plaza, and Costa Mesa.
ART recently took on a new look created by Disney designer Kevin Kidney, also an ART rider himself. According to Kevin, “ART makes it very easy to go everywhere and enjoy it all. Our goal was to create a colorful and eye-catching identity for the ART fleet and ticketing locations that taps into the happiness of Southern California.”
The majority of ART’s fleet run on Compressed Natural Gas, considered to be the ‘greenest’ choice for transportation fleets across North America. Additionally, four all-electric, state-of-the-art vehicles have recently been added to their lineup. The sustainability factor multiplies when you see this technology on buses versus the personal car. Less cars on the road means less congestion and pollution and that’s a big plus for everyone.
An added bonus for me is getting to meet others on the bus, or simply people watching without the distraction of driving. I’m looking forward to ART’s expanded route in Costa Mesa that will travel from the South Coast Metro area to the LAB and The Camp and some pretty exciting specials I hear they will be offering in celebration of 15 years as OC’s public transportation vehicle for fun.
So, get on board and discover the ART of fun!
Written by Jamie Wood. Brand ambassador, social architect, storyteller, published author of eight books and road trip warrior.