U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced yesterday that the Trump Administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The funding is intended for 405 airports in 50 states and the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The total includes over $1 billion from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $152 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to equal a 100 percent federal share.
The grants will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects. The projects include constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting, and other safety and infrastructure investments.
Since January 2017, the Trump Administration has delivered $13.5 billion to America’s Airports to improve infrastructure and safety. In 2020, the Administration has delivered $10 billion in economic assistance to America’s airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The previous investment, reported in the July 29th issue of ACPA TODAY, was $273 million.
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