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The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner and operator of Bob Hope Airport, has retained Ricondo and Associates for a fee of $94,450 to undertake an initial environmental review of a proposed regional intermodal transit center that would provide access at a single point for air transport, Amtrak rail, Metrolink rail, buses, and rental cars.
“With this energy-efficient solar-powered transit center in place, public transit by rail and bus becomes an efficient, convenient means to get to and from the airport, and it will be a key step in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution on local city streets,” says authority president Bill Wiggins. “We also anticipate improved bus service to more destinations, as well as dedicated parking for rail travelers at the Airport Train Station,” Wiggins adds. The proposed transit center would be sited directly across from the Bob Hope Airport Train Station, which is served by Metrolink and Amtrak trains. An elevated and covered moving sidewalk would convey arriving and departing passengers between the airport terminal and the transit center, facilitating access without using shuttle buses.

The project includes construction of a publicly accessible compressed natural gas facility to supply CNG to airport shuttle buses and CNG-powered private automobiles.

TSA Revises GA Security Directive

On May 28, the Transportation Security Administration released Security Directive 1542-04-08G (SD), which modifies security protocols for transient and after-hours pilots flying into commercial service airports, beginning June 1, 2009.

Comments NBAA in a statement, “The agency’s willingness to address our most pressing concerns gives us optimism that, over time, TSA officials will remain ready to discuss additional, unforeseen, and unexpected effects of the program so that it does not become an impediment to operations.”

According to NATA, the effect of the S.D. on the GA pilot community depends upon the following:

1) For home-based pilots, the badging requirements apply if the person has leased space or is part of a tenant program, unless alternate measures have been approved by the airport operator. An example of an alternative measure would be an escort program.

2) For transients, they will not be required to have airport badges or background checks from any of the non-home-based airports they visit. Transient pilots are advised to remain in the footprint of their aircraft and to and from a service provider or airport exit.

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