Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that Houlton International Airport has received a total of $4,440,000 to reconfigure the existing taxiway. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and the CARES Act.
“In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Houlton International Airport—a vital part of Aroostook County’s infrastructure—is struggling to make ends meet given the sharp downturn in passenger traffic,” said Senator Collins. “This investment in its infrastructure will help ensure that it continues to serve as an engine of job creation and an essential piece of our transportation network after this crisis has passed.”
Senator Collins was instrumental in securing $3.75 billion for AIP, including $400 million in supplemental AIP grants, in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill that was signed into law in December. Senator Collins also co-authored a section of the CARES Act that directed $48.5 billion to support transportation and housing programs. The CARES Act allows the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to eliminate the local share for airports, which are currently facing financial challenges.