09.20.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE GREATER ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Department of Transportation funding will be used to support critical infrastructure upgrades

Rochester, N.Y. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,005,892 for the Greater Rochester International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Greater Rochester International Airport will use the funding to design and reconstruct 800 feet of the existing Taxiway H pavement. This latest over $1 million investment follow’s similar recent federal investments announced by Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand including over $2.9 million to undertake taxiway improvements and a service road relocation project, as well as $1.9 million grant to fund a new de-icing facility at the airport.  All together within the past 60 days the Rochester airport has received over $5.8 million in new federal investments.

“Making sure our airports are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of air travelers and the smooth functioning of the local economy,” said Senator Schumer. “This much-needed funding will allow the Greater Rochester International Airport to make critical upgrades to its taxiway, which will enhance overall quality for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of the region every day.”

“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a major investment that will allow the Greater Rochester International Airport to renovate and upgrade their facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance efficiency and public safety at airports across New York.”

This funding is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and is administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.

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