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Darren Soto Announces Almost $70 Million for Orlando International Airport

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On Monday, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., announced almost $70 million in federal funds for Orlando International Airport.

The funds comes from the infrastructure law that Congress passed last year through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Terminal Program.

“Specifically, MCO will receive $49 million to build four additional multiple aircraft ramp system (MARS) gates at Terminal C and $20 million for the Terminal C multi-modal connector pedestrian bridge project,” Soto’s office announced. “The funding announced today is in addition to $50 million awarded during FY2022 to help South Terminal C add four gates with eight loading bridges to increase passenger capacity, improve Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant facilities, and achieve LEED certification.”

Soto weighed in on the funds on Monday.

“We’re proud to help deliver nearly $70 million in grants to Orlando International Airport as part of FAA’s Airport Terminal Program. Thanks to our Infrastructure Law, MCO will improve mobility with this pedestrian bridge project at Terminal C and keep our world-class airport moving forward,” said Soto. “As we continue seeing the positive effects of laws we passed in the 117th Congress, we must work towards building on our progress for this 118th Congress.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016 after serving in both chambers of the Florida Legislature, Soto has been active on technology issues during his time on Capitol Hill. He co-chairs the New Democrat Coalition’s Technology Task Force and is a co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. He is also part of the Democratic leadership as an assistant regional whip.

Soto represents all of Osceola County and parts of Polk and Orange Counties.


  • Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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