Government Affairs Updates | June 2024

Advertising – Political

Two recent U.S. House races set new records for political spending and advertising. A mid-June House primary in Virginia exceeded $10M, while a late June House primary in the New York City suburbs surpassed that mark with $27M.

Federal – Airports

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) announced $186M in federal airport funds as part of the 2021 Infrastructure Act. This is the sixth round of Airport Infrastructure Grants and involves 91 airport projects across 34 states. Major awardees include Bellingham, WA; Birmingham, AL; Detroit and Grand Rapids, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; San Diego, CA; and Tucson, AZ.

Federal – Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given approval for drone-based advertising this summer in Miami Beach. The service, the first ever approved by FAA, will use drones to haul banner ads and will operate at lower altitudes than traditional banner planes. 

Federal – Highways

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $108M in grant awards to 85 roadway projects on federal and tribal lands. The 2021 Infrastructure Act allocates a total of $355M to the Nationally Significant Federal Lands & Tribal Projects Program over five years. Among the larger awards in this round are road projects involving the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama ($24M) and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina ($20M).

Federal – Transit 

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $343M in grants for transit system upgrades and renovations. Among those transit authorities receiving awards under the All Stations Accessibility Program are New Orleans ($5.5M); Greater Cleveland ($16M); Pittsburgh ($8M); Boston’s MBTA ($67M); New York’s MTA ($156M); San Francisco ($4.6M); Maryland ($1.4M); and New Jersey ($83M).