The commuter rail’s Ventura Line already has a stop near the airport. The Antelope Valley Line links Union Station in Downtown LA and Lancaster, with stops along the way in Glendale, downtown Burbank, Sylmar and San Fernando, and Palmdale.
Construction on the new station—called the Burbank Airport North Metrolink Station—is expected to begin next week and wrap up in May 2018.
The station will sit at the northwest corner of Hollywood Way and San Fernando Road/Boulevard. If all goes according to plan, trains traveling on the Antelope Valley Line will use the station by June 2018 “or sooner,” according to Metro.
The new Burbank Airport North Metrolink Station will be furnished with ticket vending machines, bike racks, a passenger drop-off area, and LED displays that will conveniently show arrival and departure times for flights, trains, and buses.
Once it’s up and running, the new station will be connected to the existing airport terminal about 1 mile away via a shuttle bus, operated by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. The station will be “within walking distance to the future airport terminal,” a 14-gate replacement that Burbank voters approved in November.
The construction flyer says the the goal of adding the station is not only to provide a convenient link between the airport and the Metrolink, but also to encourage people to take public transit to Burbank Airport, long favored by many locals as a less congested alternative to LAX.