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Oppose the Grand Canyon Airport Expansion

As part of its Five-Year Construction Plan, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is seeking to expand an airport just a few miles from Grand Canyon’s South Rim – against the wishes of the National Park Service (NPS) and those who love Grand Canyon.  In its Five-Year Plan, ADOT proposes committing nearly $28 million in public funding (including $3 million from the state and $24.5 million from our federal dollars) to expand this airport at a time when state and federal budgets are strapped to cover more vital expenses.  The plan intends for large commercial flights to land right next to Grand Canyon National Park.

Several years ago, the State of Arizona discussed closing the Grand Canyon Airport due to lack of revenue, so why waste our money and harm Grand Canyon by expanding it now?

Help us tell ADOT to remove plans for Grand Canyon Airport expansion from the five year plan, and apply those dollars to public transportation and other important services that will serve all citizens.  You can view the plan at http://adotblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/adot-five-year-construction-program.html.

Here are ways to take action:

Attend a hearing: 

  • Flagstaff, AZ - Friday, April 20, 9am, City Hall, 211 W. Aspen Ave.
  • Phoenix, AZ - Friday, May 18, 9am, ADOT Administration Building Auditorium, 206 S. 17th Ave.

Submit a letter. 

Use this link. Comments are due May 18.

A kit for getting the word out: For those of you in Flagstaff or Williams, or who know business owners in Flagstaff or Williams, you can encourage attendance at the ADOT hearings and provide tools to oppose the Grand Canyon Airport expansion.

Here is a link to table tents and handouts. "table tents" should link to attached file of table tents; "handouts" should link to attached file of handouts.

The table tents can be printed on card stock, cut, and folded on the line.  They can be displayed on countertops, or the image can be cut out and pinned to bulletin boards or taped inside a window.

The handouts should be printed on regular paper, double-sided.  Cut along the dotted lines on the front side, and create handouts that can be piled in front of the table tents (interested people can pick them up and go), or hand them to every person you encounter for the next week.

Thank you for protecting Grand Canyon!

To get involved in fighting the Grand Canyon Airport expansion and protecting Grand Canyon, contact Alicyn Gitlin at (928) 774-6514 or alicyn.gitlin@sierraclub.org

 

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