SOURCE: NSSGA | June 16, 2019
On Wednesday, June 5, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a press advisory saying that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $840 million in airport infrastructure grants.
“This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The $840 million will be dispersed in the form of 432 grants that will fund infrastructure projects including “runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals” at 381 airports in 47 states. Airports from Alaska to Wyoming will be able to take advantage of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides funding for airports across the United States.
NSSGA, with its coalition partners, has remained engaged and at the forefront of aviation infrastructure funding, continually pushing for increased funding for the AIP and modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge by setting the federal cap on the locally set user fee at $8.50 to provide airports monies needed to finance critical infrastructure projects without relying on scarce federal funds.
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