Officials from Metro, Metrolink, and Burbank Bob Hope Airport gathered on June 21 to ceremonially break ground for a new Antelope Valley Line Metrolink station at the intersection of San Fernando Road and Hollywood Way. The station will open by January 2015.
Metro Chairman Mike Antonovich led a roster of speakers that included Metrolink Chair Patrick Morris, Metro board members Ara Najarian and Richard Katz, Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Metro CEO Art Leahy, and Airport Authority Vice President Susan Georgino. Many of the speakers and officials arrived via a Metrolink train that stopped at the approximate location of the new station.
Metro is contributing $3.7 million of Measure R transportation sales tax funds to the project, and the Airport Authority contributed $1.75 million. When complete, the new Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Station will provide passengers from the Santa Clarita area with convenient rail access to the Airport. Airport-bound travelers will be able to board free Airport shuttles that will take them to and from the Airport terminal.
Rail access to the Airport is already available via the Bob Hope Airport Train Station, which serves Amtrak and Metrolink trains on the Ventura Line. The existing train station is located on Empire Avenue, across the street from the Airport.
For more information about the groundbreaking, see The Source's photos, video, and article on this latest development in plane-to-train connectivity.
The Airport and the City of Burbank partnered to sponsor a filming open house earlier this month in a bid to attract more location film shoots in the city and at the Airport. Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Airport Executive Dan Feger welcomed more than 60 location scouts and managers for a behind-the-scenes tour, where they were allowed to take photos of the Airport and its surroundings.
The scouts were introduced to the Airport’s many advantages as a filming location, including close proximity to the major studios, a streamlined filming application process, reasonable costs, 24-hour availability, and a variety of in-terminal, airfield, and hangar spaces available for use in feature films, television programming, and commercials.
The Airport reopened its facilities to filming last year after a lengthy hiatus following the events of September 11, 2001. The renewed availability of the Airport for filming met with an enthusiastic response, and on-site shoots to date have included Sophia Coppola’s film The Bling Ring; episodes of Arrested Development; NCIS: Los Angeles; Grey’s Anatomy; and CSI; and commercials for Vitamin Water, AT&T, and Hot Wheels.
The Airport’s Commercial, Film, Video and Photography Guidelines, filming application, and photos of filming locations are available on the Airport’s website.
Summer Promotions in Full Swing
Michael B. of Washington state was randomly selected as the winner of the Airport’s Trip to Tinseltown Sweepstakes, which was hosted on the Airport’s official Facebook page in May. Michael won two round-trip tickets to Burbank Bob Hope Airport via Alaska Airlines, two tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, a three-night stay at the Hotel Amarano in Burbank, a four-day car rental from Budget, and two rounds of golf from De Bell Golf Club. Congratulations, Michael, and thanks to our sweepstakes partners!
For self-parking locals traveling through the Airport this summer, the Camarillo Premium Outlets voucher promotion will run until August 31. Travelers who park at the Airport for three days or more can claim a voucher redeemable for a discount coupon booklet at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, located one hour north of the Airport.
The Airport Authority adopted a $109 million budget for the new fiscal year that includes completion of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) and the Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS), which will allow airlines to check in their passengers at any in-terminal kiosk. The budget also has appropriations subject to final funding for the installation of a new runway lighting system.
The Airport Authority and the City of Burbank are conducting a series of joint studies focused on improved transportation connections to the Airport and transit-oriented development opportunities in the Airport vicinity. The first community workshop takes place June 27 at the Burbank Airport Marriott, 5:30-7:30 p.m. More information is available online at www.linkburbank.com.
As a proud sponsor of UCLA Athletics, the Airport would like to congratulate the UCLA men’s baseball team on their victory in the College World Series. Way to go, Bruins!