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Public Notice - To Impose and use a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC)

Public Notice

The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), pursuant to Title 14 CFR Part 158.23, is hereby notifying all interested parties of its intent to submit an application to the Federal Aviation Administration for authority to impose a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), and approval to use PFC revenues for new projects at Atlantic City International Airport, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

PFC Level to be imposed: $4.50
Proposed charge effective date: June 1, 2011
Estimated charge expiration date: July 1, 2014
Total estimated PFC revenue to be collected: $9,079,204

Below is a brief description of each project, including the purpose of the project, and the amount of PFC revenue to be used on the project.

Safety Enhancement Projects

Acquisition of Radios for Emergency Operations Center –This project includes the purchase of Communication Equipment for the Airport Emergency Operations Center located in the Snow Equipment Building (SEB). The equipment to be acquired is one (1) base radio station and ten (10) portable radios to go with the base station. Total estimated cost of the equipment is $24,400. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($1,220) of the project costs. The equipment will be used to help provide communications interoperability should the Emergency Operations Center (located at the SEB) be activated for any reason.

Acquire Equipment – Rotating Beacon Tower Replacement - This project involves the demolition of the existing airfield rotating beacon tower and replacement with a new tower at the current location. The current tower has deteriorated and is in need of replacement. The beacon itself is in good condition and will be re-used. A new tower foundation will be constructed and a new structural tower will be erected upon it. The existing rotating beacon will be re-installed on the new tower. Total estimated project cost is $162,896. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($8,145) of the project costs.

Interactive Employee Training/Security Cameras/Snow Removal Equipment – This project includes the acquisition and development of a complete “Part 139 Airport Operations” training module for the Atlantic City Interactive Employee Training System, and acquisition of security cameras and snow removal equipment.

The Interactive Employee Training System will be an interactive, computer based, full screen, digital video training system with automated tracking and storage records. The program is divided into multiple sections covering the mandated safety elements required for airport personnel performing Part 139 duties. The turnkey system, including all hardware, software and training, will expand the current training system to meet the comprehensive annual training and testing program required under 14CFR Part 139.

The security camera element of the project consists of acquiring and deploying a system that integrates the existing analog cameras (using converters) with new IP cameras. The result will be a new all digital IP surveillance system capable of retaining on-line up to 60 days of video from 130 cameras.

The project also includes the acquisition of two (2) separate pieces of snow removal equipment, a snow plow and a snow thrower. The snow plow will be a 4x4 all wheel drive cab forward chassis with a 20’ power reversible polyethylene end plow with multi-purpose hitch and a secondary runway broom attachment. The snow thrower will be a 4x4 all wheel drive cab forward chassis with a 5,000 TPH blower and 18 foot runway broom.

Total estimated project cost is $1,996,661. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($99,833) of the project costs.

Obstruction Survey and Wildlife Assessment - The project includes a wildlife hazard assessment and an obstruction survey of Atlantic City International Airport and surrounding areas. The wildlife assessment will result in a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan which will include recommendations for wildlife management and the mitigation of wildlife hazards. The obstruction survey will include all necessary land surveying, aerial photography, and photogrammetric mapping services to identify potential obstructions to air navigation at Atlantic City International Airport and the surrounding area. The results of the survey will be used to formulate an obstruction removal program. Total estimated project cost is $269,973. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($13,499) of the project costs.

Capacity Enhancement Projects

Terminal Apron Expansion – 1B – Phase 1B of the Terminal Apron Expansion involves the reconstruction and expansion of the Terminal apron. A portion of the existing apron pavement will be removed and replaced with new concrete and asphalt pavement. Taxiway H (to become Taxiway L) will be reconstructed between Taxiways M and B, and portions of Taxiway M will be rehabilitated. Drainage improvements will be constructed along the north edge of the Terminal apron. Electrical improvements include new in-pavement centerline lighting, new signage, and replacement of airfield lighting circuits. Total estimated project cost is $8,792,997, and will be entirely funded using PFC funds.

Expand Terminal Building – Phase 1 Design – This project provides for the design of an addition on the northeast corner of the existing Terminal Building which will serve as an expansion to the existing baggage claim area. The facility design will include a Federal Inspection Services (FIS), one (1) additional inbound baggage claim belt, and the removal and replacement of the two existing baggage belts. Total estimated project cost is $1,425,516. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($71,276) of the project costs.

Update Airport Master Plan Study – The project consists of updating the Airport Master Plan to include a comprehensive future demand assessment that is market and survey based and that will complement previous efforts with automobile license plate surveys. The environmental assessment will also be updated to include: (1) a revalidation (or “shelf-life” analysis) of the 2004 EIS to cover projects in that document and on the approved ALP for which the approvals may have lapses, (2) a review and approval effort for two short-term development items, including a new Fire/Command station, (3) a work scope for supplemental EA to address the new development items that were not in the 2004 EIS or on the approved ALP. The update will also greatly expand the typical terminal area planning element to provide an in-depth update to the 2004 Terminal Area Plan, intermodal planning will be included in this element. The master plan will also update the passenger forecast projections. As part of the Master Plan Study an electronic ALP will be developed in accordance with FAA Advisory Circulars. Total estimated project cost is $841,155. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($42,058) of the project costs.

Environmental Mitigation – Phases V & VI – This project consists of the second and third year of a five-year monitoring program for the grassland mitigation project at the Atlantic City International Airport which was undertaken to compensate for losses to grassland habitat due to airport development activities. The five-year monitoring program is a condition of the FAA Record of Decision (ROD) and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the State of New Jersey Pinelands Commission approving the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Master Plan Study. The mitigation project was constructed over a three year period and was completed in April 2007. Grassland monitoring will be performed to ensure conditions of the ROD and MOA are met and provide recommendations on grassland management activities. An annual report will be produced summarizing the results of the surveys completed. Total estimated project cost is $345,161. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($17,258) of the project costs.

Security Enhancement Projects

Install Perimeter Fencing – This project includes perimeter security fence and gate replacement at the Atlantic City International Airport as part of an ongoing perimeter security program. Approximately 2,100 linear feet of existing perimeter security fencing and five gates will be removed and replaced along the perimeter of the Airport. The new fencing will consist of PVC coated steel wire, aluminum steel barbed wire and two inch mesh and related fence and gate hardware, which will enable the structure to have a longer life span. The fence will be ten feet high with three strands of barbed wire to conform with FAA safety and security requirements. Total estimated project cost is $658,347. PFC funds are to be used to reimburse the SJTA for the sponsor share ($32,917) of the project costs.

Written comments or questions concerning this notice should be sent to Mr. Thomas Rafter, Airport Director, 106 Atlantic City International Airport, Terminal Building, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, 08234, no later than thirty (30) days from publication of this notice.

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