Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) announced John Wayne Airport received a Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant. The $811,167 grant will go toward the second phase of the plan to replace the airport’s compressed natural gas (CNG) powered shuttle buses with electric counterparts.
“This grant is welcome news for Orange County and the world-class airport in our backyard,” said Rep. Steel. “John Wayne Airport is a leader in environmental best practices, and the implementation of an entirely electric fleet of shuttle vehicles is another example of their commitment to sustainability and improving air quality for residents.”
“John Wayne Airport continues our commitment to the community through innovating environmentally sustainable practices and programs,” said Barry Rondinella, Airport Director. “This grant allows us to implement advanced electric power technology in our goal to continually improve airport emissions today and into the future.”
The Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Pilot Program allows grant recipients to use AIP funds to purchase ZEVs and to construct or modify infrastructure needed to use ZEVs. Created by Congress in 2012, this program seeks to improve airport air quality and facilitate use of zero emissions technologies at airports.