Biden Visits MTA, Announces Funding at LIRR West Side Yard

Written by Kyra Senese, Managing Editor, Railway Track & Structures
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) welcomed President Joe Biden Jan. 31 to the Long Island Rail Road West Side Yard at Hudson Yards.

Standing alongside LIRR employees and Amtrak personnel, President Biden announced the availability of $1.2 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s new National Infrastructure Project Assistance discretionary grant program (MEGA) for nine projects across the country. The funding includes $292 million to complete an early phase of the Hudson Tunnel Project.

Biden was accompanied by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

The event was held in the LIRR West Side Yard maintenance shop. Dozens of LIRR employees from various departments worked together to prepare for the President’s visit, MTA said. 

Biden visited the MTA site as one of three infrastructure-related trips this week. 

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