U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee who served for a decade on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey a $1,000,000 grant to improve runway safety at Teterboro airport.
"New Jersey serves as a major transportation hub for the metropolitan area, so it's critical we make the safety of our region's airports a priority," said Rep. Pascrell. "Teterboro Airport services hundreds of thousands of flights annually in one of the busiest travel corridors in our nation. These federal funds will help modernize Teterboro Airport to ensure it continues to meet public safety demands."
A 2005 law authored by the late Senator Lautenberg requires all of the nation's major airports to have a 1000 ft. runway end buffer zone by 2015 to ensure passenger safety in the event of an overrun. At airports that are unable to satisfy this requirement because of either natural or man-made barriers, the FAA allows the use of a shorter runway safety area with a properly designed arrestor bed, which is an area designed to slow an aircraft down in a short distance.
This federal grant will help fund the installation of an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at Teterboro Airport, which is comprised of beds of specially designed aerated cement blocks that crumble under the weight of an aircraft, enabling a plane to stop safely and quickly in the event of an emergency.