FAA opens application process for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened the application process for US airports to submit projects for the first $1 billion of the Airport Terminal Program funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
It notes that the grant will fund safe, sustainable and accessible airport terminals, on-airport rail access projects and airport-owned airport traffic control towers. Projects may also include multimodal development.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to not just build new airport terminals, but build them in a way that brings opportunity to forgotten communities, increases competition and reduces environmental impact,” said US Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg.
The FAA says that it welcomes projects that will improve airfield safety through terminal relocation, replace ageing facilities, increase capacity, encourage competition, improve energy efficiency (including LEED accreditation standards) and increase or improve access to passengers with disabilities and historically disadvantaged populations.
Projects that relocate, reconstruct, repair or improve an airport-owned air traffic control tower are also eligible.
Eligible airports include those operated by authorities, cities, territories and tribes within the national air transportation system.
Large hub airports will receive up to 55% of the total funding; medium hub airports will receive up to 15% of the total funding; and small hub airports will receive up to 20% of the total funding. At least 10% of the total funding will go to non-hub and non-primary airports.
“This historic new terminal programme will allow our airports to build state of the art facilities that are resilient to climate change impacts and achieve environmental sustainably,” stated the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Airports, Shannetta Griffin.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity outlines the criteria for airports to apply. Airports are encouraged to submit eligible projects as soon as possible, but must do so by March 28, 2022.
The Airport Terminal grant programme provides a total of $5 billion in funding over five years. It is one of three new aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan for building a better America with a $1.2 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness.