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Contract for scaled back Bob Hope Airport transit center OK'd

August 02, 2011|By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com

Bob Hope Airport commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a $1.5-million contract with a design firm to draw up plans for a new scaled-back transit center.

The center, which will house rental car, bus, rail and taxi services, had to be revised in June when construction bids came in $47 million to $69 million higher than the projected $112-million price tag.

Houston-based Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville will draft the new plans for the center, which will be built near Hollywood Way and Empire Avenue.

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After a reported “fear factor” among contractors that they wouldn’t be able to meet the project’s timeline — prompting some to either submit high bids or drop out altogether — the construction period was extended.

Dan Feger, executive director of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, told commissioners that the original construction schedule would be extended from 18 to 23 months.

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