Taking a trip on the Burbank bus

September 10, 2005|By: Mark R. Madler

Commuting to a banking job just got a whole lot easier for Tippy


The Cerritos resident takes the Metrolink into Burbank and then

boards the newly painted blue and white city bus that makes a circuit

through the downtown area, dropping her off in front of her


"It works out pretty well as far as the train schedule," Boonkokua


said. "I then just need to wait for the bus."

The fixed-route downtown service, called Burbankbus, that began

Sept. 1 replaced an on-demand system that used vans to transport


"These buses are bigger and more people can get on," Boonkokua

said. "It will be more convenient in the long run."

The buses operate on two routes. One, which operates from 5:35

a.m. to 9:48 a.m. and again from 2:45 p.m. to 7:41 p.m. Monday

through Friday, loops around the downtown area to and from the

Metrolink station on Front Street.

The second operates from 5:35 a.m. to 10:08 a.m. and from 2:28

p.m. to 7:33 p.m. and starts at the Metrolink Station and serves the

Bob Hope Airport and Media District north.

Riders with Metrolink or Metropolitan Transit Authority passes can

board for free, otherwise the fare is $1.

The buses are the second of a three-phase transit expansion

program that began in late February with a new shuttle service

serving the Media District to and from the North Hollywood Metro Red

Line station.

The third phase of a shuttle line serving the airport and north

Media District from the North Hollywood Red Line station is expected

to begin later this month.

City employee Jonathan Chang was another rider who found the new

service convenient, as well as less expensive than driving.

"It drops me right behind my office," said Chang, of Chatsworth.

"It's actually faster to take the train and ride the bus than to

drive into town."

The expansion is part of a larger, citywide effort to get

commuters out of their vehicles and on to public transportation.

The new service also coincides with the city re-naming its transit

system Burbankbus and introducing a distinct blue and white paint


The city could not have started the new service at a better time,

Andrew Carrasco, the city's transportation services supervisor, said.

"It's already paying off," Carrasco said. "With gas prices the way

they are, people are looking for options."

The two routes have collectively averaged between 260 and 280

riders a day, an increase from the 220 and 250 riders using the

on-demand service, Carrasco said.

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