Lofgren announces federal funding for Mineta Airport infrastructure & safety improvements

June 1, 2017
Press Release
SAN JOSE, CA – Two new federal grants were awarded to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport for infrastructure improvements and the purchase of new safety equipment, announced U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today.

The grants – totaling nearly $1.2 million – were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. $805,900 will support plans to rehabilitate an emergency generator that provides back-up power for airfield lighting along one of the airport's main runways. An additional $373,289 will be used to purchase a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle to improve overall safety at the airport.

"It's important to ensure the safety of passengers who fly SJC, as well as airport employees, by maintaining the airport's critical infrastructure and equipment," said Lofgren. "I'm pleased to see another sizeable federal investment in Mineta to establish the airport as a premier gateway for businesses and travelers to the Valley."

"As America's fastest-growing airport, we appreciate the hard work that Representative Lofgren and her staff are doing on behalf of SJC and the traveling public," said San Jose Interim Director of Aviation John Aitken. "Our airport has added more than a million new passengers in just the past year, and it's imperative that we make the appropriate safety investments to keep up with the increased usage of our airport."

Lofgren has been instrumental in securing federal grants for Mineta San Jose International Airport. Last year, Lofgren helped Mineta receive more than $15 million for infrastructure improvements and perimeter security upgrades.

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