Glendale mulling a new streetcar link to Burbank

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Undaunted by the protracted saga of the Downtown LA streetcar, the city of Glendale has taken another step forward on the path toward building a streetcar that would link its transportation center with Burbank’s airport, the Glendale News-Press reports.

Last week, Glendale’s city council selected a consultant, the engineering firm HTNB Corporation, to conducta feasibility study for the project.

The route that city officials envision would put a streetcar route between the Glendale Transportation Center, where the Metrolink stops, and Hollywood Burbank Airport, connecting Glendale and downtown Burbank along the way. The route along Brand and Glenoaks boulevards would echo an old Pacific Electric Railway route that once ran on those streets.

The feasibility study would also explore potential alignments, ridership and cost estimates, and funding opportunities. It would only look into the portion of the route that falls within Glendale city limits, though the link to Burbank could be added later, says the News-Press.

The study is expected to take between a year and 18 months to complete, and cost $450,000. It will be paid for with funds from Glendale’s Community Development Department as well as a $200,000 grant from the Southern California Association of Governments.

The study’s cost belies the hefty price tag for the streetcar. Current estimates for the 9.5-mile streetcar expect it would cost between $97 million and $243 million, with the latter estimate factoring in those three miles through Burbank city limits to the Burbank airport.

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