On March 6, the City of Burbank and the Bob Hope Airport held a community workshop on the Airport Area Ground Transportation and Land Use Study. The workshop was a follow-up to the previous study workshops held in June and September 2013, and allowed the public to review the preliminary ideas on transportation improvements and land use options in the 540-acre study area.
The study area is the largest cluster of industrial land in the City of Burbank and has witnessed recent growth in the media and technology industries, which comprise 25% of jobs. Half of the study area is occupied by surface lots and vacant land. The Transportation and Ground Use Study aims to develop ground transportation improvements that will allow Bob Hope Airport to serve as a multi-modal regional transportation hub by coordinating and connecting transit services from Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and North Hollywood to the Airport area.
Community feedback from the June 2013 workshop highlighted the need for improving traffic, retaining jobs, and creating an identity for the Airport while also maintaining Burbank’s village-like feel. The study group addressed these concerns by including concepts for bike lanes, bus priority lanes, on-demand shuttles, and increased train service in its March workshop presentation.
Materials from the community workshop are available to download at linkburbank.com.
On March 3, the high school student winners and finalists of the Burbank Bob Hope Airport 2014 Tower Banner Student Art Contest presented their artwork at the Airport Authority meeting. The winners were chosen from 358 entries across the Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena Unified School Districts. The students were joined by their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.
The winning artwork from each school district is displayed on the façade of the Airport terminal for a period of approximately three months. The winning entries are rotated among Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. This year, Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by tenth grader Angus Crosby from Burbank High School, will be the first to be displayed on the tower, from June through August 2014. Glendale Unified School District’s winning banner, created by twelfth grader Daniel Lee of Crescenta Valley High School, will be displayed beginning January 2015. Pasadena Unified School District’s winning banner, created by tenth grader Chance Woods of Pasadena High School, will be displayed beginning April 2015.
Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in Terminal B with background information about the contest beginning in June 2014. Each school district will also receive $3,000 to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts.
This is the seventh year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has invited high school students to enter the Tower Banner Student Art Contest. This year’s aviation theme was “Skies of Freedom.” To view all the winning artwork, visit the Airport’s website.
Airport advertising concessionaire Alliance Airport Advertising has completed installation work on nine electrical charging stations in the terminal gate areas, bringing a long-sought amenity to Airport patrons at no cost to the user, thanks to ads to be placed near the stations. Alliance installed the charging stations as part of its contract for new investment in advertising infrastructure at the Airport.
Each charging station contains 12 USB ports and 12 electrical outlets, for a total of 236 power sources. The stations in the Terminal A gate areas were custom-designed for the Airport and were built into metal strips along the backs of selected chairs. A station featuring a countertop, seating, and 40 USB ports and outlets was installed in Terminal B.
The installation of the additional outlets satisfies a longtime passenger demand for more charging stations, and follows the model of the free in-terminal Wi-Fi arranged by Alliance through a sponsorship agreement with ABC7, the ABC-owned television station located in nearby Glendale.
“Working with Airport management, we carefully designed these stations to provide the most charging capability possible in the relatively tight floor space,” said Shauna Forsythe, president of Alliance Airport Advertising. “Providing power was our goal, and based on the overwhelmingly positive response, we think we achieved what we set out to do.”
More information about a charging station sponsorship or other advertising at the Airport can be obtained by contacting Alliance Airport Advertising via www.bobhopeairport.com.
On March 20, Caltrans hosted an informational meeting about the Empire Project in Burbank, which will begin construction in May 2014. The $355 million project will enhance I-5 in Burbank and relieve congestion, improve traffic flow, and provide easy access to Burbank Bob Hope Airport and surrounding shopping centers. For more information about the Empire Project, take the virtual tour or visit I-5info.com.
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) voted affirmatively this month on the $7 million grant to help fund the pedestrian bridge over Empire Avenue. The bridge would connect rail passengers from the Bob Hope Airport Train Station to the Airport’s new Regional Intermodal Transportation Center. Metro will begin designing the bridge this summer, with encouragement from the CTC to expedite the construction process as much as possible.
The Airport Authority issued a $1.068 million contract to insulate another 30 residences in the Airport noise contour area, bringing the total number of insulated residences to 2,350. So far the Authority, with the help of federal grants, has spent $111.7 million on school and home insulation.
Airport Authority President Susan Georgino outlined the rationale for a replacement terminal in her letter to the editor of the Pasadena Star-News. The letter was a response to Larry Wilson’s earlier column highlighting the positive aspects of the existing facilities. Georgino agreed that the current terminal offers travelers many important conveniences, but emphasized that a replacement terminal is necessary to meet FAA runway and seismic standards. The existing facilities do not meet these standards.
On February 28, Airport representatives from TSA, Million Air, GAT ground support, and the FAA Burbank Air Traffic Tower participated in Community Read Day at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank. The volunteers read to elementary school students and spoke about how reading is an important aspect of their jobs at the Airport.
The SKIES OF FREEDOM Commemorative Brick Program has added additional engraving options for the 8” x 8” bricks, including the Airport terminal tower, the Airport Police and Fire Department seals, a veteran’s ribbon, and six Lockheed logos. Donors may also choose from nine images of Lockheed aircraft. Bricks are available in two sizes (4” x 8” and 8” x 8”) and two colors (Regimental Red and Landmark Gray). Keepsake replica bricks and custom-etched display cases are also available at additional cost. For more information about the program or to place an order, visit skiesoffreedom.com.