While LAX continues to lack train service of any kind, Burbank's Bob Hope Airport is moving forward with a second rail connection, reports the Burbank Leader. Burbank's airport already has a stop on the Ventura line of the Metrolink commuter rail system, but now thanks to a $1.75 million commitment from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority this week, the airport will also have a stop on the Antelope Valley line. This new, separate station will cost at least $3 million, but Metro and other sources will kick in the rest. There's no timeline set for construction yet, but the airport's executive director, Dan Feger, is gung-ho, saying, "Don't tie it up with a lot of studies and delays and whatnot. Move the project forward in an expeditious fashion." The new station will be located at Hollywood Way and San Fernando Road, on the airport's north side (the Ventura stop is on West Empire Drive, at the southern tip of Bob Hope). Meanwhile, Metro has a Red Line subway connection to Bob Hope--about three miles northeast of the NoHo station--in their long range plans, something that could become more feasible if Measure R2 gets on the ballot and is approved by voters.
· Authority puts $1.75M toward Metrolink train station [Burbank Leader]