Burbank Junction Neighborhood

The Burbank Junction neighborhood incorporates the freight and Metrolink tracks in Burbank. Working railroads for freight and transportation pass through, as Burbank is a rail hub city with a working industrial center and manufacturing facilities.

The Burbank Rail Junction area fords the divide between downtown Burbank in the Media City Center area and the lowlands West of the Interstate 5 Freeway. The Junction neighborhood is a somewhat industrial and municipal services laced set of blocks inset with commercial stores and a major shopping mall, with railroad accessible industrial and manufacturing spaces.

Three railroad overpasses in the Junction neighborhood and two passenger train stations for commuter passengers underscore the original manufacturing, transit, and rail connections that spurred Burbank forward. A monorail was actually built out of wood early in Burbank history, putatively to deliver travelers to downtown Los Angeles. More practical rail travel evolved over the early twentieth century.

In 1903, the San Fernando Valley Home Telephone Company was formed in Glendale to serve areas including Burbank, and the same year, the Los Angeles and Glendale Railroad Company was founded. The goal was to reach the Los Angeles River, which spans Burbank East to West. Early home development along the waterline stumped would-be Burbankans due to marsh and flooding, hence the concrete containment of later years for that water body.

Transfer of these lines to the Pacific Railroad Company incorporate national travel access to and from Burbank. By 1911, Grape and peach trees looked onto rail lines as far as Burbank’s Cypress Avenue. By 1925, the rail connection to Los Angeles became official. The Glendale-Burbank line was railed up, and by 1940, only Burbank and Glendale received PCC class Pacific Railroad and a one man operable electric railcar was on the line by 1950.

The Junction neighborhood formally transects both “upper” Burbank and lower Burbank above and below the I-5 Freeway. The new metropolitan flavor of the downtown Burbank Town Center Mall fits the idea of train conveyance if the model does not follow it. Industrial companies operating within the rail-connected midtown area adjacent to the railroad tracks and splits also benefit from nearby truck access to the Interstate.

As the Burbank Junction neighborhood is now residential with a commercial and industrial fan of rail-adjacent companies, population is at a somewhat lower density than other neighborhoods. Inside the Burbank Junction neighborhood this is a total population of about 3,700 residents.