Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that four airports will make facility upgrades as well as promote services and establish new educational opportunities with the assistance of $5.8 million in state investments.
“Investments in our state’s airports support the hundreds of thousands of jobs they sustain while enhancing communities’ economic competitiveness” Governor Wolf said. “These projects will improve these airports’ operations and safety as well as educational opportunities for future aviation leaders.”
The investments are funded by the state Multimodal Fund, which was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. The fund established dedicated investments in transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes, in addition to increasing highway and bridge funding.
Following is a by-county list of approved aviation projects:
Allegheny County: Pittsburgh International Airport — $2.4 million to leverage Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to rehabilitate runways and airfield pavement joints, as well as market air service to Pittsburgh from Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Franklin, Johnstown, and Lancaster airports.
Cambria County: John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport — $1.9 million to support the development of a Business Aviation Management Degree Program with St. Francis University, including: upgrading and enhancing an existing airport facility; purchasing a flight simulator for the degree; assisting with the first five students’ tuition/room and board; and marketing the new program.
Philadelphia County: Philadelphia International Airport — $800,000 to leverage FAA funds to extend a runway.
Westmoreland County: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport — $805,000 to rehabilitate an apron.
For more information on aviation in Pennsylvania visit www.penndot.gov. More information on the multimodal program is available on the website under “Projects & Programs.”
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