03.09.16

Gardner Announces FAA Reauthorization With Peña Boulevard Fix

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will be introducing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation that includes a Gardner provision to address Denver International Airport (DIA) Peña Boulevard funding. 

 

“I’m proud to announce the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization will include a provision that addresses long-term funding for Denver International Airport’s (DIA) Peña Boulevard,” said Gardner. “This legislation, if enacted and signed into law, will allow DIA to fund the vast majority of any construction project for Peña Boulevard, and ensure DIA is able to invest in this critical roadway that connects the 5th busiest airport in the nation to Denver, Interstate-70, and the rest of Colorado.”

 

From 1995-2010, FAA regulations allowed DIA to use airport revenue to finance construction and maintenance projects for Peña Boulevard. In 2010, the FAA determined, that due to increased development along the roadway, DIA should no longer be allowed to pay the full cost of road maintenance and cannot contribute any funds toward potential expansion of the roadway. Gardner sent a letter with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on January 19, 2016 urging the FAA reconsider this decision. 

 

The Peña Boulevard provision that will be included in this legislation will require the FAA to allow airports to pay for the costs of maintaining and improving an airport access road on a proportional level, based on the level of airport traffic on the road. This solution allows DIA to pay the costs of expanding the road up to the level of airport traffic that’s on it, which is currently 86 percent, while still requiring the airport and surrounding communities to find that additional 14 percent to cover the full cost of the project.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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