July 13, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren announced that Mineta San Jose International Airport had secured a $7.49 million dollar federal grant from the United States Department of Transportation. The grant will fund continued improvements to the airport’s general aviation taxiway and provide connections from the west side of the airfield to the existing taxiway/runway network, allowing expanded general aviation uses, including air cargo and corporate aviation. The Airport estimates that as many as 4,000 new jobs could be created when the taxiway improvement and expansion project is complete. The construction phase of the taxiway improvement is expected to create 80 jobs and will involve the removal of existing pavement, construction of new concrete pavement for the taxiway extension, and installation of airfield signage and lighting.
“These types of infrastructure improvement projects provide a dual boost to our local economy,” noted Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “We put people to work today and build the infrastructure and capacity to keep them working far into the future. As the Bay Area’s population continues to grow and our global economy becomes more connected, travelers will have new options. These investments will help make Silicon Valley’s Airport more attractive to travelers, airlines, and other aviation related businesses.”