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Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, chairman of the Metro board, speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a new Metrolink station to serve the Burbank airport. Metropolitan Transportation Agency
Metrolink station to make route to Burbank airport a lot easier
BURBANK – Ground was broken Friday for a $5.4 million Metrolink station aimed at making it easier for Antelope Valley residents to get to Burbank’s airport without having to drive.
Planned to open in early 2015, the new station at the airport’s northeast corner at San Fernando Valley Boulevard and Hollywood Way will be one mile from the Bob Hope Airport terminal, to which airline passengers will ride on shuttle buses, officials said.
“Connecting our airports to our rail system is a top priority for the region and will increase mobility and provide faster, more seamless transit options for residents throughout Southern California,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board chairman.
The new station will be the third in Burbank. One is on the airport’s southern border on Metrolink’s Ventura County Line. Another, on the Antelope Valley Line like the new station, is in downtown Burbank, about two miles from the airport terminal.
In addition, a Regional Intermodal Transportation Center is being constructed by the airport to accommodate a bus transfer facility and rental car facilities.
Metro has been coordinating with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority during the development of both the intermodal center and the new Metrolink station. Metro has allocated $3.7 million from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved in 2008 by Los Angeles County voters, toward development of the station. The airport authority has allocated $1.7 million from a federal grant.
The airport already provides free shuttle bus service to the downtown Burbank Metrolink station and to Metro’s North Hollywood Station, which allows connections to the Metro Red Line and Metro Orange Line.