For the first time ever, a Metrolink train stopped at San Fernando Road and Hollywood Way on Friday. The people who disembarked were there to proclaim many future stops at the intersection, the site of a new station on the Antelope Valley line.
The stop occurred as part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station, which is being built with $3.7 million of Measure R funds, the transportation sales-tax measure approved by voters in 2008.
The station is expected to be completed in early 2015.
L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich spoke at the groundbreaking about the importance of the station for the residents of the Santa Clarita, Antelope and North San Fernando valleys.
Connecting airports through a rail system is a top priority, he said, and it provides more transportation options throughout Southern California.
Dan Feger, the airport's executive director, said the station will help fulfill the airport's long-term plans to make travel easier to and from the airfield.
Others at the groundbreaking ceremony were Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, fellow MTA board members Patrick Morris and Ara Najarian, who is also on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, and Susan Georgino, vice president of the airport authority.