At 520,000 square feet, it’s going to be big. And at $112.6 million, it will be expensive.
On Friday, a cadre of officials celebrated breaking ground on the massive center that is expected to transform how passengers use Burbank Bob Hope Airport.
The long-planned complex will bring bus, rail and car-rental services under one roof when it opens in the summer of 2014. The project, officials say, will not only make using the airport easier for commuters, but is an example of how regional public transit can connect to make the system more relevant to the public.
“Let’s get on with it. Let the dirt fly,” said Dan Feger, the airport’s executive director, moments before local dignitaries took shovels in hand.
Keeping with the connectivity theme, dirt from the 11 airports that have direct air connections to Bob Hope, and from four local transportation centers, was thrown into the soil at the site where the center will be built.