Mark R. Madler
The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to pitch in
$30,000 for a joint study with Glendale and Pasadena that would look
at linking public transit between Pasadena and North Hollywood.
The study is the first step in what is expected to be a long
process that will eventually seek federal funding to fill a gap in
public transportation services.
No route has been selected nor the type of vehicles that would be
used, be it buses or a fixed-route light rail system, Burbank
Transportation Director Greg Herrmann said.
“All we have is an identified need for a high-capacity transit
corridor,” Herrmann said. “Most recently the [Metropolitan Transit
Authority] identified high desirability for service where it
currently is not being met.”
MTA metro trains run northwest to North Hollywood via the Red Line
and northeast to Pasadena via the Gold Line from downtown Los Angeles
but no service connects those lines through the Burbank, Glendale and
Pasadena area, Herrmann said.
Two meetings between Glendale and Burbank city staff members and
officials have been held, and a third meeting including Pasadena
officials took place in May.
“We are very united in this,” Burbank City Manager Mary Alvord
said. “Eventually if we are successful, this will be huge for Burbank
The $90,000 cost of the study by Planning Company Associates would
be divided between the three cities.
The Glendale City Council is expected to take up the matter at its
July 26 meeting.
Glendale has a long history of working in cooperation with Burbank
and Pasadena and sharing the cost of the study helps out in that it
would be expensive for any one city to do on its own, Glendale City
Manager Jim Starbird said.
“We need to make sure the tri-cities has a vision in place for
regional transit development,” Starbird said. “This is the first step
in that long-range vision.”
The Pasadena City Transportation Department agreed in May to chip
in $30,000 for the study.
Burbank City Councilman Todd Campbell backs the proposal because
it will not only ease congestion in the San Fernando and San Gabriel
valleys but provide an alternative for people commuting to work.
“If you can’t get from multiple points easily, you tend to take
your car,” Campbell said.
In the short term, he would support a rapid bus system until a
rail system could be funded and built, Campbell said.
Planning Company Associates worked with Burbank on the upcoming
Empire Avenue interchange with the Golden State (5) Freeway and a new
ramp to the Ventura (134) Freeway at Hollywood Way, Herrmann said.
The company also worked with Glendale to secure funding for
projects at Western Avenue and the Golden State Freeway, and the
Ventura Freeway and San Fernando Road.