On May 14, 2012, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted to award contracts totaling $81,179,000 to build the first phase of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC). The RITC will bring Airport patrons and multiple transportation modes together at a single location, with easy access to and from the passenger terminal. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for early July 2012.
“This is an important day for Bob Hope Airport,” said Airport Authority President Don Brown. “The RITC is the largest single capital project ever undertaken by the Authority, but more importantly, we believe it points the way toward a future marked by increased integration of the Airport into the very fabric of surface transportation in our region.
“The RITC will enable people to have more choices of modes of transportation, public and private, to get to and from the Airport and help lessen traffic impact on nearby roadways. This is truly an example of increased efficiency and customer service contributing to sustainability in the long run.”
The project will be financed through various sources, including Airport revenue bonds, passenger facility charges, federal grants, and Authority funds to be repaid through rental car facility rents and customer facility charges.
The RITC will be located along Empire Avenue, directly across from the Bob Hope Airport Train Station, and will include a three-level consolidated rental car facility, a rental car customer service building, a ground level bus transit station, and an elevated covered moving walkway to the terminal building. A separate parking structure will be built to replace auto parking spaces displaced by the project. The RITC is scheduled to open in summer 2014.
On April 14, 2012, nearly 6,000 Burbank locals gathered to celebrate the city’s annual Burbank on Parade. This year’s parade theme was “The World of Aviation and Its Heroes,” and Burbank Bob Hope Airport was the parade’s presenting sponsor.
A multi-agency squadron of five helicopters began the festivities flying over the parade route as a street-width rolling display of ten-foot high letters spelling “Burbank,” decorated with numerous Lockheed aircraft, led the procession down Olive Avenue.
Airport Commissioners Don Brown, Susan Georgino, and Bill Wiggins followed immediately behind, riding atop the Bob Hope Airport Fire Department’s newest fire truck, Crash 2, which was a hit with the kids as it projected high, arching streams of water in front of its path.
The Airport was represented by staff, airlines, and tenants, all of whom played up the aviation theme. Airport staff walked the parade wearing Bob Hope Airport T-shirts and, joined by Airport police officers on single-person electric patrol vehicles, handed out balsa wood airplanes to parade onlookers. Employees from FBO Million Air, dressed as Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, rode in a convertible, as did the loyal crew from FlagShip Airport Services, the Airport’s janitorial service. Some Southwest Airlines employees rode in a luggage tug, while others walked and passed out pretzels.
The parade’s Grand Marshals were two of Southern California’s best-known aviation heroes, Clay Lacy and Bob Gilliland. Both Lacy and Gilliland have ties to Burbank Bob Hope Airport from the Airport’s days under Lockheed. Lacy holds 29 world speed records, including the 1988 around-the-world speed record. Gilliland was a Lockheed test pilot and is known worldwide for piloting the first test flight of the SR-71 Blackbird.
Participation by Airport tenants and partners made Burbank Bob Hope Airport the biggest group to ever have been represented in Burbank on Parade. In addition to Airport staff, the contingent included employees from Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Million Air Burbank, Avjet, Flagship Airport Services, the Paradies Shops, V.S.P. Parking, Atlantic Aviation, Desmond’s Studio Production, Metropolitan Culinary Services, Standard Parking, ServiceAir, SuperShuttle, and the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel.
On May 1, 2012, Burbank Bob Hope Airport welcomed its first semi-major film shoot in 11 years. A scene for the Sofia Coppola-directed feature film The Bling Ring was filmed on the curbside in front of Terminal B. The cast and crew consisted of approximately 60 people, who set up the majority of their base camp in a portion of the Valet Center.
Burbank Bob Hope Airport used to be the home of many film shoots prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. After the attacks, the Airport Authority decided to halt all filming at the Airport due to security and operational concerns. The Airport reopened its doors to filming in February 2012.
Parking Lot D has closed for RITC construction. Travelers who wish to park their cars at Burbank Bob Hope Airport can choose from plenty of Economy Lot spaces in Lots A, B, and C for $10 a day. Lot E tends to fill up at the start of the day, so Lot E fans may want to try Valet—located even closer to the Terminal and available at the same price as Lot E—$21 per day. The Short Term parking structure rate is $31 per day. For help planning your Airport parking, use the Parking Facilities Map to get a clear picture of lot locations.
Free SuperShuttle rides to the NoHo Red Line are catching on! For the past six months, the number of passengers taking advantage of free SuperShuttles from the Airport to the North Hollywood Metro has steadily increased. To learn more about our public transportation options, click here.
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