Leaving Bob Hope Is Expensive

Kimberly Watson, Editor in Chief
September 19, 2011 /

Passengers who leave Bob Hope Airport in a taxi will soon have to pay a $15.50 minimum fare despite a few blocks travel as the Burbank Transportation Commission in California has given its nod for the increase to start on September 23.

The plan approved by the city traffic commissioners will affect only those who catch a taxi at the Bob Hope airport, meaning taxi passengers who wish to have an autograph signing with Hollywood stars at the Marriott Hotel, which is a few meters away from Bob Hope Airport, will have to shell out a relatively whooping $15.50.

Responding to the request of taxi drivers who exclaimed they were on the losing end because of short trips to and from Bob Hope Airport, the Burbank Transportation Commission approved the fare hike.

In a press release, the Commission said: “The request for a minimum rate from Bob Hope Airport stems from the frequent number of short trips within the city. As indicated in the G & S Transit Management, Inc. request, taxi operators must wait in the airport taxi queue for long periods, and then often get requests for short trips within Burbank. The minimum fare structure will assist them in making an adequate income.”

Nevertheless, there are other means of transportation to and from the Bob Hope Airport, including a door-to-door shuttle van service; BurbankBus that is run by the City of Burbank; shuttles from nearby hotels; Metrolink commuter rail service and Amtrak trains directly to the Bob Hope Airport Train Station; and free SuperShuttle rides on demand between the airport and the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station and the North Hollywood Red Line Station, according to the press release.

The new minimum fare at Bob Hope Airport is said to replace a rate structure consisting of an initial $2.50 charge for the first 1/9 mile or 37 seconds, and 30 cents for every 1/9 mile or 37 seconds added, regardless of whether it accounts for the wait time or traffic delay, according to the Burbank Leader.

Each trip is inclusive of a flat $2.50 gasoline surcharge.


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