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Study outlines potential transit improvements at Bob Hope Airport

The Burbank Leader – July 23rd 2015 – Atricle by Chad Garland

Planes, trains and automobiles — and buses and bikes and even good-old walking.

All these modes of transportation converge at Bob Hope Airport, and a recently completed transit study outlines potential improvements around the airfield to enable it to serve as a transportation hub within the region.

The study, which was initiated in September 2011 and paid for largely through a $5.4-million federal grant, looked at ways to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution while improving connectivity to the airport both along the Antelope Valley rail corridor and from Pasadena via Glendale.

Massive changes are expected in the airport area, with plans for a modern replacement terminal under negotiation with the city and a proposed high-speed rail station under consideration at the state level. A roughly 58-acre airport-owned piece of property, the former location of Lockheed’s B-6 plant, is being marketed for sale and is expected to attract the interest of developers worldwide.

The study authors note that the airport is ideally situated to be the “epicenter for multimodal connectivity for the San Fernando Valley,” but they attribute low use of transit by airport employees and travelers to “several large gaps” in the transit network — particularly a lack of a direct connections to Metro trains, bus or light rail.

According the study, roughly three-fourths of airport employees and passengers drive their own vehicles to the airport — another 13% of passengers drive rental cars — but the percentages for taking any of the other transit options were in the single digits for each group.

While the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s power is limited to airport property, through the study it sought to act as a “catalyst” for transit improvement throughout the region, said Mark Hardyment, the airport’s director of government and environmental affairs, in a report about the study during an authority meeting last week.

That required partnerships with entities such as the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the California Department of Transportation, he said, adding that “in many cases we found that the authority had become very insulated and we had to develop these partnerships.”

The airport’s efforts helped spur some projects that were initiated before the study was completed, Hardyment said, such as traffic mitigation measures related to Golden State (5) Freeway construction projects and a planned Metrolink station at Hollywood Way and San Fernando Boulevard.

Tyler Bonstead, a consultant with New York, N.Y.-based STV Inc. who led the study effort, also noted the recent increased BurbankBus service between the North Hollywood Metro station and the airport as improvements identified in the study that had already been implemented.

Capital and operational improvements and commitments stimulated by the study totaled $38 million, said Norm Emerson of Burbank-based Emerson & Associates, who assisted with the study. The airport could further leverage its investment to attract new funding from sources such as the state’s cap and trade program, he said.

The study proposes increasing the frequency of Metrolink trains serving the airport to fill gaps in service during the day, installing real-time displays at the air terminal with information about arriving and departing trains to encourage ridership, as well as an express freeway bus service from the airport to a Metro Gold Line station in Pasadena — Hardyment said the latter is already being planned.

Longer-term and higher-cost improvements, which Bonstead said could be 20 to 30 years in the making, such as extension of the Metro Red Line to the airport area, an automated people-mover to connect the nearby Metrolink stations to the terminal and possibly light-rail service to Pasadena were also evaluated.

“Something to keep in mind on some of these is that the long-term ones may make sense as other types of improvements come into the area, like, say, a high-speed rail station,” Bonstead added. “At that point, you’d have a lot of interest in something like a Red Line connection to the airport area.”

The full study document is available online here.,0,7693790.story


Eco-Rapid Transit Board Meeting

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th is our Board Meeting at 6:30PM in the City of Bellflower @ John S Simms Park 16614 Clark Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706.

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A New Terminal at Burbank Bob Hope Airport

Airport officials have dreamed of a modern passenger terminal since Lockheed Corp. sold the facility in 1978. A dispute between the Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has stalled plans, but the two sides have agreed on many issues. Here’s what a new terminal could look like.


FTA published proposed guidance for the Emergency Relief Program

On Wednesday, February 4th, FTA published proposed guidance for the Emergency Relief (ER) Program for public notice and comment. This guidance is being published as part of FTA’s new Emergency Relief Manual: A Reference Manual for States and Transit Agencies on Response and Recovery from Declared Disasters & FTA’s Emergency Relief Program.

FTA is seeking public comment on the proposed guidance. Comments may be submitted at using docket number FTA-2015-0002. Comments must be submitted no later than April 6, 2015.

This manual contains proposed guidance on FTA’s Emergency Relief (ER) Program and is intended for states and transit agencies that may be affected by a declared emergency or disaster and that seek funding under FTA’s ER Program. In addition to proposed guidance on the ER Program, this document provides information on other disaster relief resources available through FTA and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a discussion of recommended practices for disaster preparation, and frequently asked questions relating to disaster recovery. This Emergency Relief Manual revises and replaces FTA’s “Response and Recovery from Declared Emergencies and Disasters: A Reference for Transit Agencies,” last updated in June 2013.

This guidance supplements the Emergency Relief Program Regulation – Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014.

Acting Federal Transit Administrator McMillan Attends Groundbreaking of L.A. Purple Line Extension

LOS ANGELES – The U.S Department of Transportation’s Acting Federal Transit Administrator (FTA) Therese McMillan today participated in the groundbreaking of the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Section 1 Extension that will expand transit options in one of the most congested corridors in Los Angeles County. Acting Administrator McMillan was joined by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. Karen Bass, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other local officials.

“Today, Los Angeles takes another step forward in its efforts to improve public transportation, provide better opportunities to area residents, and reduce gridlock,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Congress needs to pass the GROW AMERICA Act so that towns, cities, and rural areas all over the country can enjoy the benefits of much-needed investments in transit, roads, and bridges.”

If Congress were to pass the GROW AMERICA Act, California transit agencies would receive nearly $2.0 billion in federal formula transportation funds in FY 2015. The funding level included in the reauthorization proposal and President’s FY 2015 budget represents a $700 million increase over the amount provided in FY 2014. The 57 percent increase would help Los Angeles and the state as a whole to carry out much needed capital transit improvements and enhancements.

The Westside Purple Line Section 1 Extension – the first of three planned extensions of the Metro Purple Line subway – is expected to improve travel times and transit capacity from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Union Station, and other Los Angeles County communities. The project includes three new underground stations and the purchase of 34 new heavy rail vehicles to augment the existing fleet. The project’s sponsor, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), estimates that project construction will create more than 22,000 jobs. The extension is expected to open in 2024 and provide more than 20,000 trips daily.

“The Purple Line extension will help the people of Los Angeles reach jobs and housing along Wilshire Boulevard and beyond, improving access to one of the most congested areas in the region,” said FTA Acting Administrator McMillan. “Expanding the capacity of L.A. County’s transit system is critical for supporting population growth and economic development for decades to come.”

LACMTA will receive $2.1 billion in federal grants and loan agreements toward the estimated $2.8 billion Westside Purple Line Extension project. The federal funding includes $1.25 billion in construction grant funds from FTA’s Capital Investment Grant Program (New Starts); $856 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan program; and $12.2 million in other DOT and FTA funds. The remainder will be funded by state and local sources.

FTA is advancing two other major transit expansion projects in the Los Angeles metropolitan area: the $1.4 billion Regional Connector linking the Blue, Gold, and Exposition light rail lines in downtown Los Angeles, which was approved for a $670 million FTA construction grant agreement, $64 million in other FTA funds, and a $160 million TIFIA loan in February; and the $2.1 billion Crenshaw/LAX light rail transit corridor project, which broke ground in January, and is funded in part with a $545.9 million TIFIA loan and approximately $117 million in other FTA and DOT funds.

Acting Federal Transit Administrator McMillan Attends Groundbreaking of L.A. Purple Line Extension

I-5 Empire Project Update: Upcoming Construction Activities and Closures

BURBANK — The construction activities and closures listed below will occur during the week of October 6-10, 2014, as part of the I-5 Empire Project in Burbank, a series of freeway improvements between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street.

Major Construction Activities for the Week of October 6-10, 2014

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Eco-Rapid Transit Board of Directors elected their new officers for the 2014-2015 year.

Eco-Rapid Transit Board of Directors elected their new officers for the 2014-2015 year. Vice Mayor Luis H. Marquez from the City of Downey was elected Chair. He is joined by Councilmember Maria Davila, City of South Gate as Vice Chair and Mayor Rosa E. Perez City of Huntington Park as Secretary. Mayor Michael McCormick City of Vernon was reelected to the Treasurer and Vice Mayor Scott A. Larsen City of Bellflower was reelected to be the Board Internal Auditor.