Murray Announces $200,000 for the Tri-Cities Airport

Jun 26 2002

Grant will help improve service, lower fares

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $200,000 in federal grant money for the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. As Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Murray secured these funds for the Department of Transportation's new Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program.

This program helps smaller communities, like the Tri-Cities, develop and improve their access to the national air transportation system. Pasco will use these funds to address local air service problems, such as high fares and flight infrequency.

"Smaller communities need additional help developing and improving access to America's air transportation systems," Senator Murray said. "These grants will make a difference for travelers and workers at the Tri-Cities airport."

The grants are part of $20 million authorized under the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century. Despite no request for funding by the Administration, Senator Murray secured the federal funding for these grants in the Senate to help smaller communities address their local air service problems.