September 09, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2.8 Million In Federal Funding For Greater Rochester International Airport

Fed Dept. of Transportation Grant Will Fund Critical Taxiway Construction & Renovation

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,849,400 in federal funding for the Greater Rochester International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will fund the relocation of ac critical taxiway at the airport and the construction of a new 320-foot taxiway. Both of these major infrastructure upgrades will allow the airport to meet industry design standards and increase operation and efficiency at the airport. 

“The Greater Rochester International Airport is an essential travel hub and crucial economic magnet for the region,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will allow the airport to make critical upgrades to its taxiways and help ensure that pilots and travelers alike are being served as efficiently and safely as possible. Investing in Upstate New York’s infrastructure—particularly its airports—is the key to attracting new business and securing prosperity for generations to come. I’m committed to keeping up the fight to secure the top-notch resources these economic engines need.”

“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 for Greater Rochester International Airport to renovate and upgrade their facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance efficiency and public safety at our airports.” 

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.