For more than 80 years, what is now the Bob Hope Airport has been an active, contributing member of the communities it serves.
While continuing to maintain its reputation as the region’s most accessible and passenger-friendly airport, Bob Hope Airport is equally focused on using modern technologies and enhancements to ensure maximum safety and security; to address neighbors’ concerns regarding aviation-related noise; and to continue to focus on environmental and sustainable operations to protect our environment.
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Free Shuttle Between the Airport and Downtown Burbank Train Station – As part of its continuing focus on local and regional traffic issues that stem from dependence on private automobiles, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is now offering complimentary shuttle van service between the Bob Hope Airport and the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station.
The service provided by the Airport is intended to enhance connections for Airport patrons who ride the Antelope Valley Metrolink line, which stops at the Downtown Burbank Station on its way to and from Union Station in Los Angeles.
The Authority hopes this convenient free connection will help increase the use of alternate transportation modes to and from the Airport, which is one of its primary missions.
For rides originating at the Airport, passengers can request a SuperShuttle van ride to the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station at the shuttle island in front of the Airport terminal at any time during normal Airport operating hours of 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Passengers wishing to use the free van service to the Airport from the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station are advised to make advance reservations to ensure prompt pick-up. Shuttle passengers can make advance reservations at 1-800-224-7767. Immediate or after-hours service can be arranged at 818-558-3179.
Passengers without reservations can also use the service by allowing 15-30 minutes for the shuttle van to arrive.
The Authority reimburses SuperShuttle for each passenger in a shared-ride van, which is subject to multiple stops en route, as well as for direct, dedicated nonstop vans between the Airport and the Downtown Station.
Passengers and others with laptop computers or PDAs with wireless network cards will find “BUR-Airport-WiFi” on their wireless managers. Once they click the “I Agree” screen button and activate their internet browser, they will be greeted with a quick message of “Free WiFi from ABC7.com” and will be free to navigate the Web.
The free WiFi availability is a new addition to the presence of Channel 7 at the Airport, which began in 2005 with the installation of HDTV overhead screens that carry Channel 7 programming in passenger seating areas at the Airport’s 14 boarding gate waiting areas.
The Airport is committed to keeping abreast of technological advancements that will assist passengers traveling on business or for pleasure and using the Airport’s facilities.
For decades, the Airport has sought to reduce aviation-related nighttime noise. Since 1978, nighttime noise has been reduced by more than 95 percent, due to the voluntary curfew, the advent of quieter jets, and the Airport’s extensive acoustical treatment program.
Despite the Airport’s investment of $7 million over nine years, the Federal Aviation Administration last November rejected its application which, if approved, would have resulted in a mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Currently, the Airport is supporting the City of Burbank’s efforts to achieve a nighttime curfew through the legislative process. That effort is continuing at this point.
Other noise-related matters:
Voluntary Curfew – For more than 30 years a voluntary nighttime curfew has all but eliminated scheduled airline departures and landings from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. It remains in place.
Residential Acoustical Treatment Program – Nearly 1,700 Airport-adjacent residences and four schools have been acoustically treated at a cost to the Airport in excess of $100 million.
A Valley-Wide Solution – In November 2008, the Airport called for a Valley-wide solution to the nighttime noise issue.
Moving Forward – The Airport will continue its Residential Acoustical Treatment Program for residences and schools within the noise impact area; maintain its ongoing dialogue with the City of Burbank and the community to address noise-related issues; and will shortly begin a Part 150 Study in an effort to identify additional noise abatement opportunities.
The Airport’s major transportation center came one step closer to reality when the Burbank City Council late last month approved development applications submitted by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority to construct a $120 million Regional Intermodal Transportation Center at the Airport.
The project, to be located next to the Bob Hope Airport Train Station, will allow air, rail, bus and rental car travelers one point of access, facilitate greater use of public transit, and reduce Airport environmental impacts.
The project is expected to create more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs while under construction during 2011-2012.
The Transportation Center is comprised of a three-level, solar-powered structure that includes a consolidated rental car facility and a bus transit level. A covered moving walkway will connect the Center to the Airport passenger terminal, and a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station next to the Center will service Airport parking shuttle buses and be open to members of the public who drive CNG-powered automobiles.
Burbank Water and Power will install and operate a major solar panel array on top of the structure. The project also includes acquisition and improvement of an existing parking lot for Amtrak, Metrolink, and Airport passengers.
The Center will also provide a solution to an airfield safety issue and add significant emergency response capabilities for the region. Once it is built, rental cars will move from their current ready lot immediately next to the airfield ramp and much of the cleared area will be converted to Runway Safety Area to meet FAA standards.
There will also be space next to the terminal for a covered ground transportation center for Airport parking shuttles, hotel shuttles, and off-airport parking shuttles.
The structure is being designed to withstand a large magnitude earthquake and would be made available to emergency response agencies to manage personnel and the flow of medical and relief supplies in the event of a large-scale emergency.
The project will be paid for by Airport revenue bonds issued on the strength of rental car revenues and customer fees, Airport Passenger Facility Charge revenue, and Airport operating revenue. Congressman Brad Sherman has also secured a $550,000 federal grant to support the project.
It has been a busy summer for the Airport’s community service activities program.
Highlights of the season include the Airport’s annual blood drive; the Tower banner display contest and school scholarships; two Airport-sponsored events, YMCA Healthy Kids Day and the Family Service Agency Care Walk; and the celebration of the Airport’s 80th Anniversary.
Blood Drive – For the fourteenth straight year, the Airport hosted a major blood drive, which resulted in donations of 61 pints of badly-needed blood, and included businesses and residents adjacent to the Airport.
Southern California experiences blood shortages every year during the summer months as fewer people donate blood during this period due to vacations and school summer vacation.
This is the fourth year the drive has been held in coordination with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and blood donations will benefit patients at the five Providence medical centers in California, including Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and Providence Tarzana Medical Center.
Tower Banner Art Contest – The Airport sponsors an annual “Tower Banner” art contest for high school students in the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts. Based on a specific theme, school art educators and city public art commissions select the first place winners, which are displayed as 17-by-26-foot banners on the passenger terminal tower façade and viewed by thousands of visitors daily at the Airport terminal building.
Second and third-place winners are displayed inside the terminal. In addition, the Airport presents each School District with a $2,500 check to promote and enhance art education.
The theme for this year’s contest was “Joy of Flight” and the winners are:
Burbank Unified School District
1st Place: Linda Stephanie Shahverdian, 12th grade, Burbank High School (Teacher, Mr. James Bentley); 2nd Place: Andrea Lymbertos, 11th grade, Burbank High School (Teacher, Mr. James Bentley); and 3rd Place: Megan Dunn, 12th grade, John Burroughs High School (Teacher, Kay Anderson).
Glendale Unified School District
1st Place: Daniela Downie, 12th grade, Glendale High School (Teacher, Mr. Spink); 2nd Place: Christina Padilla, 11th grade, Crescenta Valley High School (Teacher, Mrs. Wiggins); and 3rd Place: Julio Sotomayor, 11th grade, Glendale High School (Teacher, Mr. Spink).
Pasadena Unified School District
1st Place: Jonathan Echeverri, Mia Jakubczyk, Patricia Justafort, and Meaghan Paschall, 12th grade, Pasadena High School (Teacher, Michael Kluch); 2nd Place: Felipe Sanchez, Zurisaday Murillo, and Glen Ramalingam, 11th grade, Marshall Fundamental (Teacher, Michelle Pauline); and 3rd Place: Vivian Ortiz and Christopher Soto, 12th grade, Marshall Fundamental (Teacher, Michelle Pauline).
YMCA Healthy Kids Day – The Airport supports the Burbank YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day by providing information and tips on travelling with children, as well as how to deal with security lines faster at airports when travelling with children.
More than 500 children and their parents attended this recent event designed to address and convey to the community the importance of a healthy life for kids.
The Airport is committed to working with the Burbank YMCA and families in our community to foster positive changes in their lives. In addition, Community Relations Manager Lucy Burghdorf serves on the YMCA’s Board of Directors.
Family Service Agency “Care Walk” – The Airport supports the Family Service Agency (FSA) of Burbank “Care Walk.” FSA serves more than 1,200 Burbank area adults and children with low- cost/no-cost counseling. This year, the 5K walk took place on the Chandler Bike Path and drew hundreds of participants who learned more about FSA’s activities and services.
Airport Celebrates 80th Anniversary – On June 2, 2010, hundreds of Bob Hope Airport employees, elected officeholders, government officials, and civic and business leaders gathered in front of the terminal building under a large tent to celebrate the Airport’s 80th Anniversary with a buffet luncheon and program hosted by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and the Bob Hope Legacy.
Photos of the Airport taken over the past eight decades were on display. A brief program included Bob Hope’s son, Kelly, speaking to the invited guests as well as Authority President Frank Quintero and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard offering congratulations. Burbank Mayor Anja Reinke, Congressman Brad Sherman, Congressman Adam Schiff, Congressman Howard Berman, State Sen. Carol Liu and Supervisor Mike Antonovich also presented resolutions and mementos marking the occasion.
An 80th Airport Anniversary banner was installed on the terminal tower and remained throughout the summer for the public to view. The banner announced the anniversary theme – Celebrating 80 Years of Service to Your Community – and featured the bas relief sculpture of Bob Hope that was unveiled in February this year, currently on display in the lobby of the Airport terminal.