RailPAC welcomes Bob Hope Airport Transit Center – calls for improved Metrolink service to make it work
The Rail Passenger Association of California, an early supporter of the project, congratulates the Bob Hope Airport Authority and supporting agencies on the groundbreaking for the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center. The Burbank Bob Hope Airport has the unusual advantage of being located alongside a passenger rail right of way which has the potential to provide convenient connections to the 65 Metrolink and Pacific Surfliner stations in southern California. The RITC exploits this location by bringing together air, transit and passenger rail services in the most convenient way possible.
A Groundbreaking signifies the beginning of construction, and while Metrolink has been in existence for nearly 20 years we have to acknowledge that it too is under construction, is a work in progress. If this RITC is to be as successful as we would wish it to be it is vital that all the stakeholders of this project commit to work together to implement a train service that meets the needs of passengers. Metrolink needs to operate at a minimum of every half hour, 7 days a week and for the same hours as the airport operates. Trains should run through Los Angeles to Orange County and San Bernardino to give passengers a single seat ride to as many stations as possible.
The Rail Passenger Association of California and Nevada is an all volunteer, non-profit group that has campaigned for improved passenger rail service since 1978.