New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn announced approval for more than $20.4 million in grants for aviation capital projects across New York State. This funding, primarily from the Renew and Rebuild New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005, will support infrastructure, security and economic-development projects at 48 public-use airports in the state.
“The Transportation Bond Act provided vital funding to support a modern, secure aviation system for passenger and cargo travel in New York State,” said Gov. David Paterson. “Today’s strategic investment in the state’s airports is important not only to keep the tourism industry strong and growing, but also to provide convenient transportation options that entice businesses to stay in or relocate to New York.”
Glynn said, “This investment will make small and large airports around the state safer and better able to function as engines for regional economic development. Gov. Paterson’s vigorous support for modernizing and updating aviation infrastructure and facilities is key to maintaining efficient, reliable air travel throughout New York State.”
Senate Transportation Committee Chair Thomas Libous said, “Access to modern, secure air travel is key to businesses relocating or staying in an area. New York State’s airports generate billions of dollars each year. Gov. Paterson understands that investing in our airport infrastructure is important to our economy. This funding will help airports make innovative improvements that will enhance efficiency and safety for passengers and freight.”
Administered by NYSDOT, the grants will be distributed in three categories:
• to support improvements at airports serving business aviation and cargo transportation,
• to finance general infrastructure and safety improvements, such as the addition of navigational aids and the reconstruction of taxiways and
• to boost security at non-commercial airports through the installation and upgrading of fencing, barriers and lighting and construction of police substations.
When combined with other matching funds, the total investment in these projects is approximately $22 million.
The $2.9 billion Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act is part of NYSDOT’s overall five-year, $17.9 billion capital program that will fund improvements to New York’s multi-modal transportation system through 2010. Bond Act funding is still available for state fiscal year 2009-2010.