Improvements: Rep. Michelle Steel Brings Federal Dollars to John Wayne Airport

    OC Congresswoman Michelle Steel continues to improve community infrastructure with latest Federal Aviation grant.

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    Rep. Michelle Steel announced John Wayne Airport received a Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant of over $800,000. The funding will go toward the plan’s second phase to replace the airport’s compressed natural gas (CNG) powered shuttle buses with electric counterparts.

    “This grant is welcome news for Orange County and the world-class airport in our backyard,” said Rep. Steel. “John Wayne Airport is a leader in environmental best practices, and the implementation of an entirely electric fleet of shuttle vehicles is another example of their commitment to sustainability and improving air quality for residents.”

    In 2012, Congress created a program allowing the FAA to issue AIP grants for airport-owned zero-emission vehicles. The FAA’s Airport Zero Emission Vehicle and Infrastructure Pilot program will enable airports to purchase zero-emissions airport vehicles and the infrastructure required to operate them.

    “John Wayne Airport continues our commitment to the community through innovating environmentally sustainable practices and programs,” said Barry Rondinella, Airport Director. “This grant allows us to implement advanced electric power technology in our goal to continually improve airport emissions today and into the future.”

    The Airport ZEV program is available to any public-use airport eligible to receive AIP grants in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

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