Lautenberg, Menendez, Payne Announce Nearly $7 Million For Improvements At Newark Liberty International Airport

Lautenberg, Menendez, Payne Announce Nearly $7 Million For Improvements At Newark Liberty International Airport

Washington - U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Congressman Donald Payne (D-NJ-10) today announced that Newark Liberty International Airport will receive more than $6.95 million in federal funding to improve passenger safety and airport reliability by making security enhancements and rehabilitating several taxiways. The grant will be awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"This is another crucial step in keeping Newark airport as safe, modern and dependable as we can," said Sen. Lautenberg, a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "Our airports are a vital part of our economy-and we need to modernize them so they can meet the future's travel and public safety demands. These funds will help keep Newark Airport reliable and safe for the passengers and employees who depend on it."

"This is a time of extreme frustration with air travel, and we need resources like this to ensure passengers are safe and Newark works efficiently," said Sen. Menendez. "These funds will help Newark airport further develop its infrastructure, better serve its passengers and, in turn, promote economic growth in the region. During these tough economic times and tough times for air travelers, this is one of many significant steps we need to take to promote an air traffic system that flows as safely and efficiently as possible for everyone."

"The awarding of this funding to make improvements at Newark Liberty International Airport is great news. By investing nearly $7 million for important upgrades, we are protecting the public safety while also enhancing the airport's status as a world-class hub serving local. national, and international travelers," said Congressman Payne.

In total, the airport will receive $6,954,072 as part of three separate grants. Two of the grants will be used to improve the conditions of runway and taxiway pavement. The third grants will be used to make security enhancements at the airport.

In 2007, Newark Liberty saw more than 36.3 million passengers, making it the tenth-busiest airport in the United States. Combined with John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area is the busiest airport system in the nation.

Over the past month, Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez have announced more than $14.4 million for airports across New Jersey.

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