In California, Metrolink, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) and the Bob Hope Airport held started construction on the Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station June 21.
Located at San Fernando Boulevard and Hollywood Way, the station will supplement and expand “plane-to-train” connectivity.
This project will complement the existing Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Metrolink Station on the Ventura County Line and the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) being constructed by the airport to accommodate a bus transfer facility and rental car facilities. The new Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station and the Antelope Valley Line Infrastructure Improvement Strategy will also improve rail connectivity with the airport.
“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 LACMTA Chair Michael Antonovich. “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.”
LACMTA has been coordinating with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority during the development of both the RITC and the new Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station. LACMTA has allocated $3.7 million of Measure R funds towards development of this station.
While the existing Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Metrolink Station services both the agency’s Ventura County Line and Amtrak passengers, the new station will cater to Antelope Valley Line riders.
The new Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station will be located only one mile from the airport terminals. Once this station is operational, in early 2015, the airport authority plans to operate a free shuttle bus service linking the terminal to this station.