Airport partners with city, developer on solar farm

The Tallahassee International Airport has moved one step closer to building a $33.2 million solar panel farm after receiving approval for the project from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airport will lease 120 acres on adjacent property for a solar developer to erect 90,000 solar modules that will produce up to 20 megawatts of electricity. The project also helps meet the city’s goals to diversify energy sources, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and reduce its carbon footprint.

Construction is scheduled to last six months and be complete by next spring or summer.

Port Authority OKs $2.3 billion for Newark Airport

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Board of Commissioners authorizes six-year terminal redevelopment project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been extremely aggressive in the past few years in terms of the improvements made to its facilities. The transportation agency is in the middle of a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) project that will rebuild the Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. It has been called the largest PPP in the country’s history. The Port Authority also has formed a partnership with the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. As if that’s not enough, the Port Authority has launched what it calls the “Bus Terminal International Design and Deliverability Competition” to take submissions for the redesign of Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal.

And, last week, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners announced yet another large project at one of its transportation facilities, Newark Liberty Airport. The $2.3 billion project will be conducted in multiple phases and construct a new terminal building and a parking garage complex. The Terminal A project will replace a terminal facility first opened in 1973. It is scheduled for completion in 2022.

“Modernizing our aging airport terminals demonstrates the Port Authority’s commitment to focusing on the region’s transportation infrastructure,” said Scott Rechler, Port Authority’s vice chairman. “To achieve operating efficiencies, offer our customers the best in world-class service and meet the anticipated rise in passenger demand, it is imperative that the agency continues to make these investments in our airports.”

The most immediate work approved by the board will include nearly $200 million for construction of an access bridge that will connect the central terminal roadways to Carson Drive just outside the airport’s grounds. That first phase of the project also¬†will relocate utilities, perform electrical repairs and include program management and design services for the construction of the new terminal.