Reps. Zoe Lofgren & Mike Honda Announce Over $3 Million in Federal Funding for Construction Improvements at Mineta San Jose International Airport

July 17, 2013
Press Release

Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Campbell) announced today that the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport will receive more than $3 million in federal funding for runway related construction and improvements through a U.S. Department of Transportation grant. The grant funds the sixth phase of an ongoing $55 million construction project begun in 2009 improving the airport's general aviation taxiway running parallel to Runway 11/29. To date more than $37 million in federal funds have gone towards the project improving the airport's general aviation taxiway to provide connections from the west side of the airfield to the existing taxiway/runway network for expanded uses, including air cargo and corporate aviation.

"Through expanded service and greater options, Mineta San Jose International is growing as the gateway of choice for travelers coming to the Valley," said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. "Improvements like this not only put people to work and boost our economy, they enhance the safety and capabilities that make our airport more attractive to travelers, airlines, and aviation businesses."

"I was proud to fight for this project to continue moving forward," said Congressman Mike Honda. "These improvements are vital to the economic growth of Silicon Valley, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to ensure that our region receives the funding, infrastructure, and support it needs to remain the world's high-tech innovation capital."

Both Reps. Lofgren and Honda have been strong supporters of the improvement project and instrumental in securing funding for the construction. The grant funding is provided through the Airport Improvement Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration, which supports the nation's airport infrastructure by providing grants for capital improvements.

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