Airport receives $1 million federal grant

September 23, 2016
Posted September 22, 2016
By Velvet Spicer
Rochester Business Journal
 

Greater Rochester International Airport has received a $1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for improvements.

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, announced this week the grant will be used to reconstruct a portion of Taxiway H.

“The Rochester airport supports more than 10,000 jobs and adds more than $800 million to our local economy,” Slaughter said in a statement.

In a separate statement, Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., noted Rochester’s airport has received more than $5.8 million in federal investments in the last 60 days.

“Making sure our airports are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of air travelers and the smooth functioning of the local economy,” Schumer said. “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.”

Slaughter noted earlier in September the airport received $2.8 million for improvements, ensuring it remains a reliable and safe hub for businesses and travelers that rely on the airport.

The funding is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program and is administered by the Department of Transportation’s FAA. Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and similar revenue sources.