Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced last week that the Trump Administration will award $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The funds will be available to 80 airports in 25 states.
“Airport infrastructure projects funded by this $335 million in federal funding will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” says Secretary Chao.
“These 61 AIP grants will allow airports around the country to begin and complete projects that are vital to the safe and efficient operation of our nation’s airports,” says FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.
The total includes $300 million from the Airport Improvement Program and $35 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or 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 purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, and other critical needs.
The Administration this year has delivered $10 billion in economic assistance to America’s airports under the CARES Act to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Since January 2017, the Trump Administration has delivered $14.5 billion to America’s airports to improve infrastructure and safety.
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