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Ontario Airport in Oregon is getting a share of $2.3 million in federal money

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 01, 2024

Ontario Airport in Oregon is one of a few statewide airports sharing more than $2.3 million in federal money.

The news came down Monday afternoon in a press release from Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Ontario Airport's share of the money is nearly $129,000.

"Oregon's regional airports serve as vital hubs for our communities – supporting local businesses, connecting travelers to world-class recreational opportunities, and providing essential lifelines during natural disasters," Merkley said. "These federal investments will modernize infrastructure at airports across Oregon, ensuring safety and fostering economic success in our state."  

The money comes from a federal investment from the Federal Transit Administration's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for eight rural airports throughout Oregon. All of FTA's discretionary grant programs focus on promoting equity throughout transportation systems and supporting the transit industry's important role in combatting climate change.

“From timely access to lifesaving medicines, to opportunities for small businesses to deliver their goods quickly, rural airports are often the lifeblood of small communities throughout the state,” Wyden said. “I am gratified that my work on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to generate much-needed support for Oregon communities to flourish in every nook and cranny of the state.” 

The investments from the Federal Aviation Administration in Oregon airports are as follows:

· Ontario, City of Ontario: $128,852
· Christmas Valley, Christmas Valley Park and Rec District: $345,000
· Scappoose, Port of Columbia County: $341,429
· Hermiston, City of Hermiston: $182,786
· Tillamook, Port of Tillamook Bay: $274,180
· Lakeview, Lake County: $274,180
· North Bend, Coos County Airport District: $609,290
· Bend; City of Bend: $182,786
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides additional funding to advance equitable public transportation planning and operations.

  • All Station Accessibility Program: This new program provides $1.75 billion in competitive grants to state or local governments to upgrade the accessibility of legacy rail fixed guideway systems for people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.
  • Transportation planning: The legislation includes more support for planning activities
    • Provides a greater federal share for transportation planning activities for lower-density and lower-income portions of metropolitan areas and adjoining rural areas.
    • Requires the inclusion of geographic service area coverage as a reporting requirement in the National Transit Database.
    • To advance equity in public transportation planning, encourages metropolitan planning organizations to expand consideration of housing and planning for affordable housing in the transit planning process.
  • Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities: Increases funding to $2.2 billion to help states, transit agencies, and nonprofit organizations meet the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities.