Airport-busway link proposed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Extensions to existing systems like the Orange Line can be implemented in a short time frame and at a reasonable cost,” he said. Dyson made his pitch Monday in front of Burbank’s seven-member Transportation Commission, a city advisory board that recommends how to use public transportation funds. He plans to shop his idea around to local politicians and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the coming weeks. So far, it has the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The mayor will give his enthusiastic backing to this, and all he wants to see is the details on what would be next,” spokesman Darryl Ryan said. “The mayor believes it would not only help ease traffic congestion to the airport, but it also would promote his idea of emphasizing a regional approach to air traffic and take some of the pressure off LAX.” Dyson said he hopes the plan will be included in the MTA’s long-range goals for the next decade. BURBANK – A Burbank transportation commissioner has proposed extending the Orange Line busway from North Hollywood to Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport. The proposal by commissioner Paul Dyson calls for an extension of the $330 million, 14-mile busway running since October from Warner Center to North Hollywood. Dyson wants the line to continue from the North Hollywood station across Lankershim Boulevard, up Vineland Avenue, east on Vanowen Street to Empire Avenue. The bus would stop at the airport’s Metrolink station. The proposal does not have a cost estimate, but Dyson said he believes it would be a cheaper alternative than creating a completely new line and would give the San Fernando Valley a stronger link to its airport, a major transportation hub. “We need better public transportation links to the Bob Hope Airport,” said Dyson, also the director of the Rail Passenger Association of California, a nonprofit public transportation lobbying group. “This is something that we could consider in a preliminary way for something in the future,” said Carol Inge, the acting chief planning officer for MTA, which is studying various plans for expansions of rail lines and buses across the county. Fellow Burbank transportation commissioner Lucy Burghdorf believes Dyson’s plan needs more work. “I feel that he put the cart before the horse,” said Burghdorf, also a spokeswoman at the airport. “He really should be going to L.A. first. Eighty percent of the route would be in L.A. versus Burbank. I think him coming to us is premature.” Currently, Metrolink has a stop at Bob Hope Airport, but the trains only run on weekdays during the commuter morning and evening hours. “The Metrolink service is less than adequate,” Dyson said. — Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this report. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img