By Luke Money, February 8, 2014
A new Metrolink station that
will allow rail passengers to take a direct route between the Santa
Clarita Valley and the Burbank Bob Hope Airport is expected to be
complete in early 2015, enhancing “rail-to-plane” transportation options
for local travelers, officials say.
Construction on a new Metrolink station in Burbank is expected to
begin sometime this year, within the next few months, Santa Clarita City
Councilwoman Marsha McLean said in an interview.
“The station should be open and operable by early 2015,” McLean said.
The airport station will allow riders on the Metrolink Antelope
Valley line — which runs from Lancaster to Los Angeles with stops in
Glendale, Sylmar and locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, among other
places — access to the regional airport.
Ground was broken on the new station in 2013.
“With this new Bob Hope Airport Metrolink station, residents of the
Santa Clarita, Antelope and north San Fernando valleys will have safe,
convenient and economical Metrolink rail service to the national air
travel and local employment opportunities available at and around this
regional airport,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D.
Antonovich when ground was broken.
Environmental and engineering work on the new station is expected to
wrap up this month with the goal of beginning construction work in late
June, according to Mark Hardyment, director of transportation and
environmental programs with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
The plan is for the station to be open for business in January 2015, Hardyment said.
The new station is part of an overall plan to increase and improve
rail service in the area and increase the efficiency of rail
transportation on the Antelope Valley line, he said.
McLean said she thinks the new station will make it easier for Santa Clarita Valley residents flying out of Burbank.
“I absolutely think there’s going to be a demand,” the city
councilwoman said. “If I need to fly somewhere and it’s at all possible,
I use the Burbank Bob Hope Airport.”