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Transportation center, other improvements coming to Bob Hope Airport

June 8, 2010 |  7:44 am

A new budget approved this week for Bob Hope Airport is expected to pave the way for runway improvements and work on a new regional transit center. The 2010-11 budget by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority comes amid a drop in passenger traffic, fluctuating fuel costs and overall uncertainty regarding the national economic recovery. Despite ballooning by more than $20 million over last year, the budget does not increase charges to airlines or rely on reserves.

The budget forecasts a loss of $825,000 from investments and a $307,000 dip in landing fees due to the indecisive scheduling. Southwest Airlines recently announced plans to phase out 12% of its weekly flights by September, although other carriers have added flights.

Included in the budget is $4.5 million for a passenger processing system, $11 million to rehabilitate two ramps and a runway shoulder, and $18 million on a regional transportation center.

The proposed $120-million center, which is working its way through the approval process, would link the airport with passenger trains, shuttles, buses, taxicabs and rental cars.

Airport commissioner Frank Logan, a member of the finance committee, reviewed the budget in five sessions before recommending it to the full commission. The group's guiding principle, he said, was: "Don't spend the money if we don't have it."

"All in all, I think that it's fair to say that members of the finance committee are satisfied with the results," Logan told the Glendale News-Press.

-- Christopher Cadelago, reporting for the Glendale News-Press