A $4.3-million federal grant to study ways to reduce traffic congestion around Bob Hope Airport could bear some fruit, officials said.
The grant — which sat dormant since the 1980s — was recently tapped to help the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority examine how it can improve public transit to and from the airport, as well as ease congestion.
“Problems that continue to concern Burbank residents are traffic- and congestion-oriented,” said Mark Hardyment, director of noise and environmental programs for the airport authority.
A major part of the study will include ways to possibly increase east-west public transit options between Pasadena and Burbank, particularly the airport.
Public transit connections and easing traffic on roads that lead to the airport, such as Hollywood Way, are among the key areas being looked at, Hardyment said, adding that his team has already spoken with the three cities about how they tackled similar issues given that many of them are outside the jurisdiction of the airport.