NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Authority and Hollywood Burbank Airport Reach Settlement Agreement

November 16, 2023

BURBANK, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority have reached an agreement that dismisses the Airport Authority’s lawsuit regarding the high-speed rail project. The new agreement creates the framework for a collaborative process for the High-Speed Rail Authority to build a station with a direct connection to Hollywood Burbank Airport, seamlessly linking two high-speed modes of travel to efficiently move travelers throughout Southern California and beyond.

“This settlement reflects the hard work of two public agencies striving to provide the public with new, state-of-the-art transportation facilities and services that meet the demands of travelers – a new airport terminal connected to clean, fast and safe high-speed rail,” said High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “This agreement further reflects our organizations’ understanding that the best way to deliver these services is through collaboration.”

“The Airport Authority appreciates the efforts of the High-Speed Rail Authority in creating a collaborative process which respects the development of the replacement passenger terminal and ongoing airport operations,” said Frank Miller, Executive Director of Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The settlement commits the High-Speed Rail Authority and the Airport Authority to a collaborative process during advanced design, construction, and operation of the high-speed rail station adjacent to the airport to ensure compatibility with the replacement passenger terminal and other airport facilities.

The agreement clears the way for high-speed rail construction from Burbank to Los Angeles Union Station. The High-Speed Rail Authority has begun work to extend the 119 miles under construction to 171 miles of double-track, electrified high-speed rail from Merced to Bakersfield. Since the start of construction, the High-Speed Rail Authority has created more than 11,500 construction jobs, with more than 70 percent going to residents from disadvantaged communities.

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