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Burbank transit center launched, but SCV residents have awhile to wait for a direct train to airport

Posted: July 6, 2012 6:03 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2012 6:03 p.m.


Officials broke ground Friday on a new transportation center at Bob Hope Airport that will connect Metrolink and Amtrak passengers directly to the airport,

However, Santa Clarita Valley residents will have to wait for a direct Metrolink connection.

The $113 million “intermodal” transportation center, to be located just south of the Bob Hope Airport, will be a hub connecting multiple modes of transportation, including Metrolink’s Ventura County line.

Tony Bell, spokesman for Michael D. Antonovich, said the supervisor plans to open an Antelope Valley line station on the north side of the airport, which would serve residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Currently, Santa Clarita residents can reach the airport in Burbank via rail by switching from the Antelope Valley to the Ventura County line in downtown Burbank or calling an on-demand shuttle.

An airport station on the Antelope Valley line is in the planning stages, Bell said. A projected opening date was not available.

“My real goal is to develop connections to all of our airports,” Antonovich said during the groundbreaking ceremony in Burbank on Friday.

“Los Angeles County is the only major region in the United States that does not have rail connections to our airports. And now we have the blueprint.”




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