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USDOT Announces $1.2B in FAA Grants

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced last week that $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants are being awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration.

The money is being dispersed to 405 airports across the 50 states as well as the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Grants

“This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” said Chao.

The total includes more than $1 billion from the Airport Improvement Program and $152 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grants to equal a 100% federal share, according to USDOT.

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced last week that $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants are being awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The 434 AIP grants will fund critical airport infrastructure projects around the country,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.

The grants will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects, according to the agency, and will include items such as purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies and installing airport perimeter fencing.

A complete listing of grants and an interactive map of airports receiving funding are available on the FAA website. The top 10 awarded projects include:

  1. Memphis International – Memphis - $64,638,327;
  2. Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International – Hebron, Kentucky - $45,029,120;
  3. Daniel K Inouye International – Honolulu - $43,502,747;
  4. Long Beach / Daugherty Field – Long Beach, California - $27,306,081;
  5. Louisville Muhammad Ali International – Louisville - $24,0933,095;
  6. Phoenix Sky Harbor International – Phoenix - $21,711,714;
  7. City of Colorado Springs Municipal – Colorado Springs - $19,298,147;
  8. Delaware Valley Region – Philadelphia - $18,377,609;
  9. North Carolina State Block Grant Program – Raleigh - $18,316,468; and
  10. San Diego International – San Diego - $18,023,885.

Previous Funding

In May, Chao announced that the FAA was awarding $1.187 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants.

The total includes $731 million in the Airport Improvement Program and $455 million in Supplemental Discretionary program, that have been divvied to 439 airports.

According to the Department, the money was available for 100% of the eligible costs under the CARES Act. The top 10 states that received the most funding in combined from those grants included:

  1. Alaska - $102,113,233;
  2. Texas - $97,988,820;
  3. Hawaii - $90,379,858;
  4. California - $74,237,958;
  5. Alabama - $60,999,054;
  6. Michigan - $56,645,378;
  7. Florida - $54,166,854;
  8. Tennessee - $46,378,201;
  9. Georgia - $42,568,734; and
  10. Washington - $39,783,566.

And, more recently, $273 million in FAA grants was distributed to 41 states and six territories, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Puerto Rico.

That money also came from the AIP ($242 million) and the CARES Act ($31 million).

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Aviation; Department of Transportation (DOT); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Funding; Government; Grants; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects

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