The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a combined more than $4.4 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants to Maryland airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be providing $1.187 billion to airports across the country to make safety and efficiency upgrades through various projects. Three Maryland airports will receive a combined $4,440,099 through Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funds that allow FAA to increase the federal share to 100 percent of project costs and add additional supplementary grants. AIP grant recipients are typically provided matching funds by FAA.
From the press release:
“This Federal investment of over $1 billion represents the Department’s continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of our nation’s airports for the traveling public,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The combined AIP and Supplemental Discretionary grants will fund a wide variety of projects. Some of these projects are purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies, and installing airport perimeter fencing.
“The 439 grants will ensure that airport sponsors can make the necessary improvements so their airports can operate in a safe and efficient manner for years to come,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County will receive $1,327,950 in AIP funds and $442,650 in matching funds for terminal expansion.
Hagerstown Regional Airport in Washington County will receive $1,011,606 in AIP funds for terminal expansion.
Tipton Airport in Anne Arundel County will receive $300,000 in AIP funds for apron expansion.