Sep 14 2004


FY 2005 Transportation Appropriations Bill Passes Full Committee

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, announced funding for several projects included in the Transportation, Treasury and General Government Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The bill passed out of full committee today and is now headed to the Senate floor for consideration.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funding for many important transportation projects in Alabama. Our bill takes a number of steps to improve transportation throughout the Huntsville area.”

$11 Million - Huntsville International Airport
Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased our bill includes $11 million to complete the construction of a control tower at the Huntsville International Airport.”

$3 Million - Airborne Automated Flight Alert System (AAFAS)
AAFAS will conduct a rapid response demonstration of a prototype capability to transmit flight data from an airline using the data management and communications equipment already installed on most modern aircraft. Senator Shelby said, “This technology is extremely important to improve communication among aircraft and control towers.”

$3 Million - Easter Seals Project ACTION
Senator Shelby said, “Easter Seals Project ACTION promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities. These funds will assist them in their efforts to further this program.”

$500,000 - Southern Fuel Cell Coalition
These funds will be used to establish the Southern Fuel Cell Coalition which will serve the Southeastern United States. The coalition will work to tackle the challenges and opportunities that face fuel cell development and hydrogen infrastructure in the South.

The bill directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator to give priority consideration to the following airports:


  • Madison County Executive Airport for a general aviation terminal.


  • Huntsville International Airport for runway extension improvements and for a aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and repair facility.