Airport Addressing Ground Transportation Issues
In addition to its continuing pursuit of meaningful nighttime noise relief and its facilities improvements to reduce air emissions, the Airport has made reduction of traffic congestion a top priority.
Constructing public transportation improvements is a costly undertaking, especially in a difficult economic environment, with limited public funding available for such projects.
Despite that challenge, the Airport is moving ahead with the creation of a Strategic Transportation Policy, many elements of which are already under way. Financing is being finalized to fund a comprehensive study of a variety of public transportation improvements that could significantly reduce Airport traffic on local streets, reduce non-Airport-related traffic, and link the Airport to various high speed rail initiatives now being developed.
A number of traffic-congestion reduction studies and initiatives have been approved by the Airport Authority. The Airport, working closely with the City of Burbank and other government agencies, is committing millions of dollars to approved projects, such as the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC), and to fund additional studies potentially leading to more major investments in the community.
Current Airport transportation-related projects include:
- Development of the RITC, with ground expected to be broken in mid-2011;
- Implementation of a Ground Access Study to explore the feasibility of alternative forms of public transportation to improve the connectivity of the Airport with other modes of transportation and to reduce the use of private vehicles on local streets;
- Continuing shuttle service to Burbank Metrolink and NoHo Red Line Stations;
- Coordination with Amtrak and Metrolink to promote rail use by Airport passengers;
- Ongoing discussion with the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to locate a station near the Airport; and
- Ongoing discussions with Metrolink to develop a Metrolink station near Hollywood Way and San Fernando Road.
Last year the Airport joined the Orangeline Development Authority (OLDA). The primary purpose of that joint powers agency is to develop a regional high speed transit connection to cities stretching from Santa Ana to Santa Clarita, with stops in Glendale, downtown Burbank, and the Airport.
This form of high speed transit is different from the CHSRA-proposed high speed rail that would connect Los Angeles and the Bay Area, although both are contemplated to occur along the San Fernando Road rail line right of way. The Authority joined OLDA to participate in the development of improved connectivity to the Airport.
As these major programs are developed, the Airport will keep the community involved in its activities and provide opportunities for public input and comment.
Airport Tower Features Student Art
Having their artwork enlarged to 16 by 26 feet and appreciated by millions of people is the dream of many an art student.
That dream is coming true for three local high school art students, winners of the Airport’s Fourth Annual Tower Banner Contest. One student from each of the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena school districts will have their artwork – reflecting this year’s theme, “Up and Away” – displayed on the Airport’s Main Tower for three months.
Well over 100 student artists competed this year to be among nine finalists vying for the top honor of seeing their art hang on the tower. Students’ entries are judged by each of the three school districts and their respective city’s Arts and Culture Commission. The Airport awards $3,000 to each of the school districts for permission to display the winning art, and the funds are designated to support their schools’ arts programs.
All nine finalists will have their artwork displayed in the Airports’ Terminal B beginning September 2011. For the complete list of winners and their artwork click here.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated Bob Hope Airport as the primary disaster relief aviation facility for the Los Angeles metropolitan area. This designation is based on the fact that other area airports are subject to liquefaction in the event of a major earthquake and in recognition of the Airport’s facilities and preparedness planning.
Southwest Airlines, which currently offers the most flights in and out of Bob Hope Airport, will add twice-daily service to Denver International Airport, effective August 14. United Express has also added flights to Denver. Weekday travelers can now select from more than 75 flights a day from Bob Hope Airport…and with one stop, can reach almost any U.S. destination. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Connection, US Airways, and JetBlue also serve Bob Hope Airport.
Plan Check packages for the Airport’s Regional Intermodal Transportation Center development, including drawings and technical specifications, are now available. Prime contractors have completed the prequalification process and portions of the project are open to subcontractors. The Authority encourages local firms and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms to compete. Login or set up a company account in the RFP/RFQ section of the Bob Hope Airport website for more information.
Twenty Airport employees participated in the national “Read Across America” program by reading to students at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank on March 4. The program, coordinated by the National Education Association, is held each year to stimulate the interest of young people in reading and literature.
Communicating with the Airport, and within it, is becoming more convenient. Check out our new website, follow the Airport and keep up to date on both Facebook and Twitter, and enjoy the free Wi-Fi within the Airport. And if that isn’t enough to make a confirmed Bob Hope Airport fan out of you, check out the Top Ten Reasons to Fly BUR.