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Burbank approves intermodal center development


The Burbank, Calif., city council recently approved development applications submitted by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority for construction of a $120 million regional intermodal transportation center (RITC) and associated improvements at Bob Hope Airport.

The RITC would enable rail, air, bus and rental car travelers to converge at one central point. The project is expected to create more than 600 full-time jobs during construction in 2011 and 2012, airport authority officials said in a prepared statement.

A three-level solar-powered structure, the RITC would feature rail facilities and a rental car and bus transit level. The project calls for acquiring and improving an existing parking lot for Amtrak, Metrolink and airport passengers.

After the facility’s initial opening, which is planned for 2012, the authority expects to acquire land bordering tracks next to the Bob Hope Airport train station and improve the existing public parking lot. Plans also call for building an enclosed walkway across Empire Avenue connecting the RITC to the station platform.

The project will be paid for by airport revenue bonds generated from rental car revenue and customer fees, airport passenger facility charge revenue and airport operating revenue. The authority also has received a $550,000 federal grant to support the project.

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