Regional Intermodal Transportation Center to Open Next Month
Burbank Bob Hope Airport will host a series of events next month to celebrate the grand opening of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC), a consolidated rental car facility and transit hub. The three-level, $112 million capital project, the largest in the Airport’s history, will connect bus, train, and rental car passengers to the Airport terminal via an elevated walkway.
The Airport will host a RITC community open house on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so that the public can experience the structure’s many features, such as its proximity to the Bob Hope Airport Train Station, its ground level bus drop-off, and its second-story rental car customer service facilities. Hot dogs and popcorn will be provided. Members of the community who attend the event will be asked to enter through the Avon Street entrance or the entrance next to McDonald’s, both off Hollywood Way, and follow signs to the covered parking area provided for the event.
On Friday, June 27, invited guests will attend the official RITC grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The grand opening will also serve as a kick-off by Metro for the Empire Bridge Project, which will connect passengers from the Bob Hope Airport Train Station to the RITC via an above-grade bridge across Empire Avenue.
On May 19, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) presented its Economic Impact Report on the Airport to the Airport Authority Commission. The LAEDC reports that Burbank Bob Hope Airport had a total economic impact of $1.8 billion in the Los Angeles County regional economy during its fiscal year of July 2012 through June 2013 that generated 12,440 jobs.
The findings describe total economic output in a wide variety of industry sectors by activities occurring at the Airport and by visitor spending of arriving tourists and overnight flight crews.
“Virtually all industry sectors receive a positive impact from the activities attributable to Burbank Bob Hope Airport, including retail trade, real estate and rental activities, administrative services, and health and social services,” said Dr. Christine Cooper, Vice President of Economic and Policy Analysis of the LAEDC, who headed the study effort.
The complete report is available online on the Airport’s website.
Blue Horizons for Autism a Success
On May 3, Burbank Bob Hope Airport hosted JetBlue Airways’ Blue Horizons for Autism program in conjunction with TSA, Pacific Child and Family Associates, and Autism Speaks. The program was designed as a full-scale travel “dress rehearsal” for families and children impacted by autism. The program consisted of two rounds of run-throughs, one scheduled at 1 p.m. for the first 100 passengers, and one at 3 p.m.
Families who participated in the program were able to familiarize themselves with the Airport and travel procedures, such as entering the Airport, checking in at the ticket counter, checking bags, being screened at the TSA checkpoint, and boarding a JetBlue aircraft. Participants also got the chance to tour the aircraft’s cockpit and explore the interior of an Airport fire truck.
This is the second year JetBlue has hosted this program at Burbank Bob Hope Airport.
Caltrans implemented several permanent street and off-ramp closures this month, as part of the I-5/Empire Project in Burbank. The Lincoln exit from I-5 North and the half-mile San Fernando Blvd. segment under I-5 are now both permanently closed. Additionally, the Buena Vista off-ramp is restricted due to construction. As an alternative to the Hollywood Way exit, northbound travelers are encouraged to exit at Burbank Blvd. and take Victory Blvd. to Hollywood Way, following airport signage to the main entrance. For more information about this project, visit http://I-5info.com.
The first batch of commemorative bricks is being installed in the new SKIES OF FREEDOM Pavilion, adjacent to the Valet Parking Center. If you are planning to use the Airport, or are just in the area, please come by and see what the bricks look like. They are being installed near the valet drop-off porte cochere. Commemorative bricks are a unique way to honor your own legacy or that of a friend, family member, loved one, or veteran. Commemorative bricks are available in two colors, Regimental Red and Landmark Gray, and two sizes, 4” x 8” and 8” x 8”. Image engraving options, including the terminal tower, a veteran’s ribbon, and Lockheed aircraft and logos, are available for the 8” x 8” bricks. For more information, visit skiesoffreedom.com.
Want to earn more airline miles or hotel points? Then don’t forget to enroll in the Thanks Again Rewards Program! Through the program, Burbank Bob Hope Airport is offering free airline miles and hotel points to travelers who park, dine, and shop at the Airport. To learn more information and to start earning your rewards, enroll your credit and/or debit cards at the Thanks Again at BUR website.