Airport Authority and Regional Partners Complete Ground Access Study

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USA: Earlier this month Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has released its Ground Transportation Access Planning Study for leveraging connectivity opportunities around the Bob Hope Airport.

The study will serve as a catalyst for various improvements in the area's public transit, including the addition of several new bus routes that now serve the Airport's new Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC), connecting the Airport to North Hollywood and Downtown Burbank.


“The Authority plans to continue its engagement in regional transportation policy and planning activities, and to maintain strong working relationships with its partners, such as Metro and Metrolink, in order to leverage recent transportation improvements into future projects,” sated the press release.

Planned future improvements include the construction of a pedestrian bridge connection between the RITC and the Bob Hope Airport Train Station; east-west bus service connecting the North Hollywood Metro Red Line to the Gold Line, with service to the Airport; and a planned new Metrolink Station at San Fernando Road and Hollywood Way.

Currently 77% of all air passengers travel to/from Bob Hope Airport by car and only 2% take the train via Metrolink or Amtrak (1% of airport staff).

Metrolink operates eight commuter rail lines, two of which (Antelope Valley and Ventura) run adjacent to the Airport and through Burbank and serve the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station and an existing Metrolink station at the Airport. Amtrak operates intercity rail within the Study Area. The Airport Metrolink Station is served by the Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight Amtrak trains.


Transportation improvement options proposed in the Study include new light rail connection, extension of Metro Red and Orange lines, increased frequencies of existing rail connections, and an automated people mover to connect airport terminals.

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