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Burbank Wants a High Speed Rail Stop Near their Airport

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Burbank officials are at odds with planners of the California High Speed Rail Authority over station locations, finds the Glendale News Press. While the state rail agency envisions stops either along Front Street, south of Burbank Boulevard or around Flower Street and Alameda Avenue, Burbank officials want a third location studied, located near Burbank Airport at Empire Avenue and Hollywood Way, where the city plans to build a transportation center.

State planners like the Front Street option because it connects with two Metrolink lines that carry passengers between Downtown L.A. and either Antelope Valley or Ventura County, but Burbank feels a station at the airport is a better idea. And at least one Burbank Councilman is ready for an ugly fight. “I think we should be as strong as possible to let them know that if they don’t include a link to the airport, that they’re going to have an enemy in us, and that we would find that unacceptable,” said Dave Golonski.

Possible station locations are scheduled to be presented to the high speed rail board on May 6th.