Bob Hope Airport officials are ready to submit to federal authorities a key environmental assessment of plans for a new $130-million transportation center. The center will connect to the nearby train station, upgrade rental car facilities and generate solar energy.
The public-comment period on the report closed Friday, and as of Friday afternoon, no input had been received, an airport spokeswoman said. The study now goes to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is expected to post its comments in 30 days — the final step in clearing the project for construction.
Airport leaders hope to complete the main part of the regional transportation center by the end of 2012, according to the draft environmental assessment.
Executive Director Dan Feger told the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board of directors this week that the center is "the largest construction project ever" at the airport.
The airport will begin the unusual process of pre-qualifying contractors, or making sure they have the financial resources to see their construction commitments through, at a meeting on Thursday.