$30 million in federal grants to fund improvements to fire stations at Bush and Hobby airports

The supplemental grants will fund new fire stations at Houston’s airports, which will make for better living and working conditions for firefighters while supporting responses to airport emergencies.

December 26, 2023

HOUSTON— The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Houston Airports $30 million under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Airport Infrastructure Grants for Fiscal Year 2024.

Houston Airports received nearly half of the $66.2 million awarded by the Biden Administration, which will fund 66 projects across 23 states and Puerto Rico. The projects are funded exclusively by non-discretionary grant funds and are part of a total investment of $25 billion over five years in U.S. airports to modernize terminals, increase safety, expand capacity, replace equipment, and more.  

“With Americans once again traveling in record numbers, we must ensure that our airports are ready to meet the demand,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Thanks to President Biden, we are delivering historic funding to modernize airports across the country, creating jobs, growing local economies, and supporting passengers for years to come.”

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) each received $15,000,000 to demolish and reconstruct existing Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) buildings at each airport.

Bush Airport has plans to build a 21,000-square-foot facility that will replace the current Houston Fire Department Fire Station 92 located at Bush Airport. The facility will include six apparatus bays, fire inspector and administrative offices and direct access to the airfield at Bush Airport. 

Hobby Airport is in the process of building a new 20,000-square-foot facility that will replace the current Houston Fire Department Fire Station 81 located at Hobby Airport. The reconstruction will include living and work spaces, apparatus bays and support areas. Construction began earlier this year and is happening in a multi-phased approach. The facility should be completely reconstructed by summer 2026.  

MORE | View the full list of all grants being awarded.

Houston Airports celebrated the announcement of FAA grant funding with the City of Houston and U.S. Congressman Al Green who represents the area that includes Hobby Airports. 

“This much-needed funding will address the ongoing decades of building deterioration resulting, in part, from natural disasters in Houston that have adversely impacted the functionality of the current fire station,” said U.S. Congressman Al Green, who represents Houston. “These funds will establish critical lifesaving infrastructure for our first responders by improving their living accommodations and operational requirements as they respond to emergencies at the airport.” 

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $15 billion over five years for the AIG program. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects. 

For a third year, FAA has made $2.89 billion available to U.S. airports. To date, nearly $9 billion in AIG funding has been made available to airports across the country. 

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. It will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, upgrade and expand public transit, modernize the nation’s ports and airports, improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice and invest in communities that are too often left behind. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably to help everyone get ahead for decades to come.