Published on February 6th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
$63 Billion Upgrade Coming To US Air Traffic Control System
Congress on Monday approved a proposal that will provide the US air traffic control system with $63.4 billion in order to increase the speed at which updates to the system can be implemented and systems can be modernized.
The bill passed through the Senate with a final vote of 75-20. That first congressional approval will distribute the money over a four year period and comes despite a labor opposition to deal cuts mades between Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House of Representatives, specifically rules governing union organizing elections at airlines and railroads.
Now that the massive spending bill has passed the House and Senate it will go in front of President Barack Obama for a final signature to close the deal.
The move towards safer, more efficient travel is an important step for the United States as the country has fallen behind other countries who have already adopted satellite-based technology for guiding planes.
Approximately $11 billion over four years will go directly into the implementation of the air traffic control system, accelerating the modernization of the program which is set to finish work by June 2015.