Puerto Rico gets FTA relief funding

Written by Railway Age Staff
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which caused the worst devastation Puerto Rico has seen in 80 years, the Federal Transit Administration awarded $8.4 million in critical grant funding to support public transit systems on the island.

As of Sept. 27, no FTA-funded rail or bus services were operating.

Information remains scarce because of storm damage to the communications infrastructure, and officials were working to restore local public transit systems such as San Juan’s Tren Urbano. The 10.7-mile rail system connects San Juan, Guaynabo and Bayamon.

The Federal Highway Administration made available $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by the hurricane throughout Puerto Rico, supplementing $2.5 million in ER funds awarded to the territory for damages related to Hurricane Irma.

 

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