On June 7, Burbank Water and Power (BWP) partnered with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, the California Electric Transportation Coalition, Mercedes-Benz, and General Motors to host an electric vehicle event at Burbank Bob Hope Airport’s Hangar 40. The invite-only event showcased the advantages of electric vehicles to community leaders, policy makers, state and local government officials, film studio executives, and taxi and rental car companies. Attendees were briefed on the latest electric vehicle technology and the benefits of electricity as a transportation fuel. The “ride-and-drive” portion of the event allowed attendees to test-drive vehicles that included a Chevy Volt, a Nissan Leaf, and a BMW Active E-car.
BWP is currently working to facilitate the transition to plug-in electric vehicles for current and future EV owners. BWP has installed 11 vehicle charging stations in six different public locations in Burbank. Through July 1, 2012, drivers may charge their electric vehicles for free at any of these charging locations. After July 1, the charging cost will be $2 per hour.
On July 6, 2012, Burbank Bob Hope Airport will host an invitation-only ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center. Community and travel industry representatives will gather at the groundbreaking site to symbolically turn over new soil. Each of the Airport’s 11 nonstop partner airports, as well as local rail hubs such as Union Station, will contribute soil to the groundbreaking ceremony to represent the increased connections between planes, trains, and automobiles that the RITC will bring.
The RITC is due to be completed in the summer of 2014. The finished facility will be the new home of the Airport’s rental car companies, and it will also provide easy access from buses and trains to the terminal building via an escalated walkway.
The month of May was a festive one for Burbank Bob Hope Airport: May 29 marked what would have been Bob Hope’s 109th birthday, and May 30 was the 82nd anniversary of the Airport’s opening day ceremony in 1930. To celebrate, the Airport Authority hosted several special social media contests on Facebook and Twitter.
The winner of the extended “Airport Shots” Facebook photo contest, James Davidson, won two days of free valet parking at the Airport in addition to an Airport T-shirt; his winning photo was also hung in Terminal A along with the photos of the two runners-up, Scott Kerhaert and Mark Ollier.
There were three grand prize winners of the Airport’s #HappyBURthdayBob Twitter trivia contest, in which contestants answered daily questions about the Airport and the life of Airport namesake Bob Hope. Dan Landson, Stephen Marshall, and Teri Christopher each won an Airport T-shirt and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Burbank Bob Hope Airport.
On May 21, a draft of the Part 150 Forecast was presented to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Airport planning firm Coffman Associates predicts a relatively flat growth rate in total air traffic for Burbank Bob Hope Airport, which indicates that the Airport will not return to its pre-2007 levels of air traffic activity until at least 2030. The forecast takes into account past enplanement and passenger data; the local, statewide, and national economy; the current recession; and future trends in airline capacity.
The forecast has been submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for review. If approved, the forecast will provide a basis for future noise modeling.
From April 16 to April 30, 2012, Goodwin Simon Strategic Research conducted an online questionnaire that solicited opinions about various aspects of Burbank Bob Hope Airport and the community it serves. The questionnaire was the final phase of research conducted on behalf of the Airport Land Use Working Group, composed of City of Burbank and Airport staff representatives, and it asked respondents a series of open-ended questions about a possible replacement terminal, quality of life in the areas surrounding the Airport, and potential future Airport features.
Most of the questionnaire participants offered generally positive reviews about the Airport and a potential replacement terminal. The most commonly expressed positive descriptions were that the Airport is convenient and easy to use. The most commonly expressed negative concerns centered on noise and traffic impacts. Respondents also expressed concerns about the Airport’s age, amenities, and safety. The entire research study can be viewed online at bobhopeairportsurvey.com.
If you’re driving to Burbank Bob Hope Airport and want driving directions or updates on parking, set your radio dial to AM 1700! The Airport recently upgraded its radio system, which now broadcasts up to a five-mile range around the Airport.
Remember: Burbank Bob Hope Airport has offered free wireless Internet throughout the terminal for the last two years, sponsored by ABC7 for the last 18 months. So if you’ve got work to do while you’re waiting for your plane—or if you just want to surf the web—the Airport’s got you covered.