Tue, Aug 24, 2010
Funds Will Go Towards Infrastructure Improvements, Safety
The investment of $1.9 million in federal and state funds will
help 15 Pennsylvania airports upgrade equipment and facilities and
enhance safety, PA Governor Edward G. Rendell (D) announced
PA Governor Rendell
"While we continue to seek ways to address the state's growing
infrastructure funding challenges, it's essential for us to
maintain our investment in all transportation modes, including
aviation," Governor Rendell said. "These funds will help keep our
airports safe, support airport jobs and stimulate the businesses
supplying materials and equipment for the enhancements."
The state portion of funding - $1.7 million from PennDOT's
aviation development program - comes from the state's jet fuel tax
and leverages $781,475 in local matching funds.
The Federal Aviation Administration is providing $270,750 in
grants through the block grant program, which is funded through
taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills,
international departure fees, and sale of aviation fuel. Airports
receive up to 95 percent of eligible costs for projects included in
Pennsylvania's 12-year transportation program.
Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation
development program. Airports eligible for the federal block grant
program include: general aviation airports, designated reliever
airports, and non-primary commercial airline airports (those with
fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National
Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.
There are nearly 290,000 people employed in the aviation
industry statewide, representing approximately 5 percent of the
workforce. The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and
14 airports have scheduled commercial service.
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