Three Pennsylvania airports to get share of $1 billion in federal airport terminal funding – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Three Pennsylvania airports will be among those receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Terminal Program, part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) will receive $5.3 million for part of the construction of a new 700,000 square foot landside terminal that will reduce the distance between the ticketing, security and gates by half a mile, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Summer Lee (D-12th District).

“Two weeks ago, when Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came to Pittsburgh to talk about the investment we brought home to fix the I-376 Eastern Parkway, we made our case for additional funding for Pittsburgh’s airport modernization,” Lee said. “I am glad that, just two weeks later, we were able to secure $5 million to build improvements to our airport. This funding will not just create more good union jobs, but will lead to a more connected, thriving region.”

With the new funding, PIT has received more than $123.7 million in federal funds since the beginning of 2021, according to a statement from Lee’s office. PIT is undergoing a $1.57 billion reconstruction that includes the new landside terminal, a parking garage with 5,000 spaces and a connector bridge from the new landside terminal to the airside terminal.

Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) will receive $7.5 million to replace up to six existing jet bridges. The airport has received a total of $60.2 million in federal investments since the start of 2021, according to a release from U.S. Sens. John Fetterman and Bob Casey.

And Lancaster Airport (LNS) is getting $2.7 million to expand its screening capacity and hold room areas. LNS has received $13.38 million since the beginning of 2021. .

“This funding for South Central Pennsylvania’s airports will help get passengers where they need to go more quickly and safely while reducing passenger congestion,” Casey said in a statement. “This is not only an investment in a safe and efficient airport experience for passengers but an investment in the success of South Central Pennsylvania’s economic future.”

According to a fact sheet from the White House, the Biden administration will announce nearly $1 billion for airport terminal projects around the country, to “modernize airports for the 21st century—improving passenger experience, accessibility, and sustainability while creating good-paying jobs.”

The initiative is part of the Biden administration’s fourth “Investing in America Tour,” which will send members of the administration around the country to tout infrastructure and clean energy projects. Vice President Kamala Harris and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan will visit Pennsylvania next week to highlight clean water projects.



Originally published at penncapital-star.com,by Kim Lyons

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