A $112 million transportation center opened today at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and transit officials hailed it as the first direct rail-to-terminal connection for passengers at a Southern California airport.
"It's not simply about the car. It's about the bus. It's about the train. It's about the plane. Projects like this accommodate all sorts of travel options that Californians are choosing," Brian Kelly, secretary of the California State Transportation Agency, said during a grand opening celebration for the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.
The 520,000-square-foot center is located across the street from the Bob Hope Airport Train Station, which is served by Amtrak and Metrolink. The center houses a bus station, rental car services, airport parking and bike storage areas. It has an elevated walkway connecting with the airport terminal, eliminating the need for shuttle buses.
"This transportation center has the ability to transform San Fernando Valley transit, linking travelers of car, rail, bus, bike and plane," Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said.
During the ceremony, Susan Georgino, president of the Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport Authority, praised the center for connecting all modes of transportation.
"We believe that all of you and what you are seeing today gives ample evidence that the future of Bob Hope Airport is truly bright," Georgino said.
Providing easier transit options to airports was a major topic of discussion Thursday by the Metro Board of Directors, which approved plans for a light-rail station at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard, about two miles from Los Angeles International Airport.
The station is expected to connect with a planned people-mover that will take passengers directly to the LAX terminal area, creating a long-awaiting direct link for train riders. The Metro Green Line is the closest rail line to the airport, but passengers must board shuttle buses to complete their journey to the passenger terminals.
--City News Service