- Since 2011, commute times have increased by 11.6% in Florida, and on average, each driver pays $425 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. Florida would expect to receive approximately $13.3 billion over five years to repair and upgrade thousands of miles of worn-down highways and hundreds of aging bridges. This funding will get Floridians where they need to go faster and safer – and without paying exorbitant repair costs – whether that’s to work in the morning, home at night, across town on the weekends, or out of state during the holidays.
- Over five years, Florida will receive approximately $100 million to protect passengers and make our roads safer. This funding will go toward reducing deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes, along with an extra $103.7 million over five years to put a sizable dent in commercial motor vehicle crashes.
- Floridians who take public transportation spend an extra 77.9% of their time commuting and non-White households are 3.5 times more likely to commute via public transportation. Today, 16.1% of transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. Florida will receive about $2.8 billion over five years under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to repair the backlog of outdated transit vehicles and create new, modern public transportation systems that will reduce traffic congestion and provide working people with frequent safe and affordable options to move around our cities.
- Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Florida will receive about $198 million over five years to support a state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging network in the state. By making electric vehicles more affordable and accessible for working families, the BIL will save people money, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and clean up our polluted air and water.
- Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, airports in Florida will receive approximately $1.2 billion for infrastructure development over five years to expand capacity, improve runways and air traffic control towers, begin new terminal development projects, and fund other projects that expand accessibility for persons with disabilities and historically disadvantaged populations. These infrastructure projects will also dramatically improve energy efficiency and airfield safety, while cutting down on the number of flight delays and cancellations that have become all-too-common in recent years.
Florida Airports to Receive $1.2 billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
In any given year, Floridians can expect more than 100 million tourists and visitors flocking to our state’s shores. Crowded airports, long lines, and dreadful delays have become the norm – making it harder and harder for Floridians to easily, affordably, and efficiently travel in- or out-of-state. But help is on the way.
Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 98 airports across Florida will receive a total of $1.2 billion in federal funding over the next five years. This isn’t just a far-off promise – installments from the first year of payments are already being delivered to provide immediate relief for Floridians who have faced an increasing number of flight cancellations in recent years.
The funding will be used to expand capacity, address repair and maintenance backlogs, reduce congestion and emissions, and drive electrification. It will also build new and improved runways, air traffic control towers, and state-of-the-art terminals with room for more gates and more planes.
Critically, this funding will not just benefit tourists, but also the Floridians who work at and rely on our airports every single day. This investment will create thousands of good-paying jobs for Floridians, and every dollar invested comes with the strongest possible worker protections. Additionally, by increasing energy efficiency and improving accessibility for historically disadvantaged populations, we are ensuring that our communities also stand to reap the benefits.
The future of Florida’s economy doesn’t stand a chance without making key, foundational investments in our infrastructure right now. By building modern airports that are properly equipped and prepared to handle increasing numbers of visitors, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law does that and more – it grows the economy while connecting Florida to the world.
Here’s how much Florida airports can expect to receive this year alone:
- $21,711,252 for Tampa International Airport (TPA)
- $42,461,693 for Miami International Airport (MIA)
- $44,055,710 for Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- $9,003,324 for Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
- $32,783,431 for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- $4,841,447 for Pensacola International Airport (PNS)
- $11,418,430 for Southwest Florida International (RSW)
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