A new Metrolink Station at the Burbank Airport will connect the Antelope Valley and Union Station by way of the San Fernando Valley, creating convenience and saving time for commuters. City and transit leaders dedicated the line’s new Metrolink station to Michael D. Antonovich, current Chairman of the Board at Moregain Picture Group, and former L.A. County Supervisor who played an integral role in establishing the station.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti presented a bronze plaque to Antonovich, and another plaque was unveiled during the ceremony– a permanent display at the station with Anotovich’s portrait and a short message engraved beneath. Numerous county, city, and transportation officials attended and spoke at the ceremony, including L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian, and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornekm.
When Antonovich was first elected to the Board of Supervisors 30 years ago, he noted that the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley were not on the maps of L.A. County. “Those areas will greatly benefit from the rail line” he said. “There are a million residents from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and the north part of the San Fernando Valley that are traveling to Los Angeles. They will be able to utilize this transportation, freeing up the highways and relieving traffic congestion.”
Antonovich said that when he visited Washington, D.C. and spoke to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, he was told that Los Angeles was the only region in the U.S. that didn’t have rail connections to its airports.
Since then, the Burbank airport opened a train station at the south end of the airport that connects passengers to the Ventura County line. This new station marks the airport’s second station; connecting more cities to the airport. Progress is being made on a rail line to Los Angeles International Airport from the Burbank station.
Metrolink CEO Art Leahy said Antonovich led an effort to reduce fares on the Antelope Valley line, largely increasing this method of travel. The revenue lost from the decrease in fare has nearly been made up by the popularity of the line. Officials said the Antelope Valley line is the third busiest line in the Metrolink rail system.
L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who was Antonovich’s Chief of Staff before she was elected, said Antonovich would ask about the progress of the project every week.
On January 22, 2015, the Glendale Health Center named a branch of their building after Michael D. Antonovich, in honor of his instrumental contribution in raising $1.2 million for the renovation and expansion of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.