On June 21, Burbank Bob Hope Airport hosted a community open house to give the public a “sneak preview” of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) prior to its official opening. At $112 million, the RITC is the largest capital project in the Airport’s history.
Attendees experienced the structure’s transportation connection features, including its proximity to the Bob Hope Airport Train Station and its ground level bus transit area. They also traveled the elevated walkway that will give rail, bus, and rental car travelers direct access to the Airport terminal. The RITC will be home to 11 rental car brands and will offer state-of-the-art customer service facilities and well over 1,000 vehicles on the premises, compared to only 283 cars in the current rental car operation.
Representatives from the Airport, the rental car companies, Metro, and BurbankBus were on hand to provide information about RITC operations, transit options, and other Airport-related initiatives, such as the replacement terminal process and the Empire Bridge Project, which will connect the RITC with the train station via a bridge across Empire Avenue.
Emergency responders, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff mobile command center and Airport Fire Department, were also on hand to underscore the RITC’s role in coordinating emergency management in the aftermath of a major earthquake. The structure is designed to withstand a once-every-five-hundred-years temblor.
The first bricks were installed this month in the new Skies of Freedom Pavilion, located at the terminus of the RITC elevated walkway and adjacent to the Valet Parking Center, in time for the unveiling at the Open House. Airport visitors are now able to admire the current brick pathway, as well as a rendering of the Pavilion’s planned development. Although the brick pathway now serves to guide RITC rental car customers from the elevated walkway terminus to the valet drop-off porte cochere across from the terminal, eventually the bricks will cover the entire Pavilion area.
The Brick Campaign at the Skies of Freedom Pavilion offers a unique way to honor your own legacy or that of a friend, family member, loved one, or veteran, or to salute your airport and its history. 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.
The Airport Authority Commission adopted a balanced $74.6 million budget in June for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget accommodates maintenance and operations and capital improvements, without the need to increase airline fees.
The general outlook for the year is that passenger activity and revenue based on that activity will be flat. The budget calls for $38.4 million in maintenance and operations cost, and approximately $22 million in capital projects.
Some capital costs that have been deferred in previous years will be implemented in the coming fiscal year, such as phased carpet replacement, partial roof replacement, and high voltage electrical upgrades. Other capital highlights, subject to Airport Improvement Program and Passenger Facility Charge funding, are a $6 million runway lighting system rehabilitation, $3.2 million for Taxiway B rehabilitation, $2 million for the Residential Acoustical Treatment Program, and $1.7 million for runway shoulder work.
Airport patrons got a change of scenery in early June, when the latest winning banner in the Airport’s annual high school art contest was installed on the terminal tower. The banner is the work of tenth grader Angus Crosby of Burbank High School, who is the first of the 2014 Student Art Tower Banner Contest winners to have his work featured on the tower. The two other 2014 winners, whose work will be featured later this year, are Daniel Lee of Crescenta Valley High School and Chance Woods of Pasadena High School. The 2014 aviation theme was “Skies of Freedom.”
The second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, are displayed in Terminal B along with background information about the contest. Since the contest’s inception seven years ago, $19,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the awards be used to help support and promote the districts’ education program for the arts. To learn more about the contest and view past winners, visit the Airport’s website.
Caltrans implemented several permanent street and off-ramp closures last 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.
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.