U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both-D-N.J.) today announced $4,800,000 in federal infrastructure funding for Atlantic City International Airport to replace two passenger loading bridges. The funding is part of the FY2023 Airport Terminal Program (ATP), which was created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed by Congress in 2021.
“The people of South Jersey and those who utilize Atlantic City International Airport can rest easy knowing we are investing in their infrastructure and ensuring passengers are able to safely board their flights,” said Sen. Menendez. “This funding is yet another example of how the bipartisan infrastructure bill is bringing billions of dollars to New Jersey to help communities while also supporting our local economy and creating jobs.”
“Atlantic City International Airport serves an important role in South Jersey’s economy as a transportation hub,” said Sen. Booker. “This funding will improve passenger safety and, along with the $3 million Senator Menendez and I secured in the recent government funding bill to plan and design a new cargo taxiway, will help drive investment to the region, creating jobs and growing the economy.”
“The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) is extremely grateful to Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their support in obtaining this critical funding from the Airport Terminal Grant Program through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” said SJTA Executive Director, Stephen F. Dougherty. “The $4.8M in funding will be utilized to replace two aging passenger loading bridges at Atlantic City International Airport and will immediately improve the travel experience for our customers.”
In January, Sen. Menendez alongside SJTA representatives and the National Aerospace Research and Technology Park (NARTP) announced $5.2 million to be used for airport projects that would create new jobs and support local small businesses. In addition, $8.1 million was allocated to the Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing for upgrades to its Atlantic City base. This funding was part of the federal government funding bill Congress passed last December, which included $181 million for New Jersey projects advocated for by Senator Menendez.
Millions of dollars from the IIJA have already flowed to the state since it was signed into law in November 2021. Earlier this month, Sens. Menendez and Booker joined President Joe Biden and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to announce the award of $292 million for the Gateway project. In April, Sens. Menendez and Booker announced $834 million to support New Jersey’s public transit agencies. Last January, they announced $229 million to repair bridges across the state, including the Route 3 bridge over the Hackensack River. In December of 201, the lawmakers announced $54 million to support New Jersey’s airports.
Ultimately, New Jersey stands to receive billions of dollars from the IIJA to help the state repair roads and highways, make airport improvements, expand mass transit, build the Gateway Project, replace water and sewer pipes and increase broadband internet access.
Finally some politicians are waking up to the reality of the need for general aviation.
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