Thursday, March 07, 2013

New York MTA gets $193 million in Sandy aid

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are awarding New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority $193.1 million in Hurricane Sandy recovery funds, including initial reimbursement costs incurred by New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad during preparation for the storm.

The funding also includes work to rebuild MTA's bridges and tunnels and various other facilities. It is the first round of funding the MTA has received to help recover from Sandy and rebuild stronger.

"These federal dollars will help cover the costs of pre-storm preparations and initial recovery work that made it possible for the MTA to restore service as quickly as possible after the storm," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "The FTA's quick action will help rebuild our battered transit infrastructure and restore full service for the millions of commuters who rely on the MTA everyday."