Department of Transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

What funding is available for public use aeronautical facilities?
These are the major classifications of state aid for public use aeronautical facilities, not international airports by classification and do not have service characteristics:
  • State grants for matching federal funds
  • State airport safety improvement grants
What funding is available for privately owned public use facilities?
New Jersey provides the same funding options for privately owned unrestricted public use airports as it does for publicly owned airports, with the exception of some land acquisition rights.
What projects may be eligible for funding?
Eligible projects for funding consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Runway construction
  • Taxiway construction
  • Runway overlays or rehabilitation
  • Taxiway overlays or rehabilitation
  • Runway and taxiway lighting
  • Aeronautical and airport beacons
  • Runway identification and approach lighting
  • Electronic and visual aids to aircraft navigation
  • Wind indicator devices
  • Runway/Taxiway safety/security fencing
  • Equipment dedicated to aircraft Crash/Fire/Rescue purposes
  • Equipment dedicated to aircraft search and rescue purposes
  • Public use aprons
What are the statutory and regulatory restrictions regarding reimbursement of project costs?
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will not honor billings for any project-related costs funded by a State Grant that are incurred prior to the date of NJDOT’s full execution of a State Grant Agreement and subsequent issuance of a Notice to Proceed. All Aeronautics Grant Recipients, as well as their consultants, engineers, and /or project managers, are advised that the State will participate in most work or pay items that are eligible for State funding per NJSA 6 et al. However, the following lists funding restrictions that the State cannot and will not participate in:
  • Work or Pay Items not allowed under the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) Statute, NJSA 27:1B et al, as the TTF is now the funding source for the State Airport Improvement Grants;
  • Work or Pay Items not allowed under any other applicable State or Federal laws, rules, and/or regulations;
  • Work or Pay Items identified as going against:
    • Any applicable NJDOT Policies;
    • Direction from NJDOT Senior Leadership; or,
    • Legal advice from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
These include, but are not limited to, Work or Pay Items associated with the following:
  • Scheduled or Routine Maintenance;
  • Education Programs;
  • Legal Costs and/or Fees;
  • Environmental Remediation;
  • Permitting Costs and/or Fees;
  • Land Acquisitions/Easements;
  • Aeronautics Loans;
  • Removal of Obstructions either on or off airport Right of Way (except where said obstructions are on airport Right of Way and are removed solely to clear the work site to allow for construction);
  • Travel, Meals and/or Lodging for grant recipients, their employees, contractors and/or consultants.
There may be some additional work or pay items that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may participate in but the State cannot or will not. All questions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Recipients of Matching Grants are further advised that the execution of a Federal Grant Agreement between them and the FAA does not obligate the State of New Jersey.

Last updated date: August 21, 2019 1:16 PM