The ribbon was cut Thursday on Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line rail station that will connect travelers with the Hollywood Burbank Airport in the San Fernando Valley.
The station will officially open to the public on Monday, and will be the second Metrolink station at the airport, as the Ventura County Line also provides a station stop with train service on weekdays only.
“More travelers are coming through our airports than ever before — and we’re giving them new ways to get where they’re going when the plane ride is over,” Los Angeles Mayor and Metro board Chair Eric Garcetti said. “This new Metrolink connection will seamlessly link our transportation network with the Hollywood Burbank Airport — while easing congestion in one of our busiest corridors.”
The Antelope Valley Line runs between Los Angeles Union Station, the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Lancaster seven days a week, and air travelers will be able to connect to and from the new station via a free shuttle operated by the Hollywood Burbank Airport, although Metro officials said the station is also within walking distance and located on the northwestern corner of Hollywood Way and San Fernando Boulevard between the cities of Burbank and Los Angeles.
“Metro and its partners are making good on their promise to improve connections with airports countywide including Burbank, one the nation’s most convenient airports,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a Metro board member.
Metro officials said the station should help reduce vehicle trips on the Golden State (5) Freeway and on roads in the residential neighborhoods near the airport.
The new station amenities will include rail ticket vending machines, benches, bike racks and LED display boards showing arrival and departure times for trains, buses and planes. A pedestrian sidewalk and transit plaza will also be constructed adjacent to the station platform and San Fernando Boulevard.
“The city of Burbank is excited to have another transportation alternative for both our residents and employees who work and reside within our city,” Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy said. “Additionally, the new station will act as an essential part of our future vision for the Airport/Golden State District.”
Construction of the $15 million station began in March 2017 and was done by C.A. Rasmussen Inc. of Valencia.