Federal funding has now been secured for the reconstruction of a taxiway at the Albuquerque International Sunport.
The money is coming through the federal Department of Transportation, comprising one of several grants received out of Washington for a variety of projects at the airport.
The other projects include the building of low-emission pre-conditioned air unit and ground power units designed to reduce carbon emissions at the Sunport.
The funding, said New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Lujan in a statement, is particularly designed to provide “much-needed support to the Sunport by installing responsible infrastructure to reduce harmful emissions, clean our air, and create more jobs in the process.”
Other funding is coming through the Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration, the Voluntary Low Emissions Program, and the Airport Improvement Program, among other initiatives.
Combined, the Sunport is receiving around $7.1 million in federal support.
Funding for the Sunport will also be used for the purchase of zero-emissions passenger shuttle buses and associated charging equipment.
The Federal Aviation Administration is increasingly emphasizing airport sustainability projects, this year awarding more than $54 million for such projects at half a dozen airports across the country.
By Garry Boulard
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