Contact: Amy Bernstein
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff today awarded approximately $886 million to help the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) continue rebuilding and replacing transportation equipment and facilities damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which triggered the worst transit disaster in U.S. history. The announcement was made during a conference call with New York officials.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation has worked alongside the New York MTA since Hurricane Sandy made landfall to help the nation’s busiest transit network recover as quickly as possible,” said Secretary Foxx. “The funds we are providing today will go a long way to help the MTA continue clearing debris from tunnels, rebuilding stations, and replacing electrical systems damaged by flooding, giving transit riders a transit system that is stronger than ever before.”
The funds reimburse the MTA for work that is already under way and also enable future projects to be completed. Today’s announcement allows MTA to begin drawing down an additional $886 million from the $3.8 billion FTA had allocated to the MTA for Sandy-related work.
“One of our highest priorities in the wake of this record-breaking storm is to ensure that the MTA is able to restore and protect a public transportation network that operates as the central nervous system for New York City and beyond,” said Administrator Rogoff. “We will make sure that taxpayer dollars are well spent, and that no one is asked to pay to restore the same transit infrastructure when the next big storm hits.”
MTA will use the funds to complete hundreds of projects in the following categories:
For all transit agencies eligible to receive Hurricane Sandy aid, FTA has allocated approximately 55 percent of the $10.35 billion available through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 after a nearly $545 million cut due to sequestration. Approximately $4 billion worth of work is already under way.
Separately, on December 23, 2013, FTA announced the availability of $3 billion in competitive funding for resiliency projects that will, first and foremost, reinforce the existing critical infrastructure necessary to support public transportation systems damaged by Hurricane Sandy. These funds will be awarded to advance the best regionally coordinated projects so that taxpayers are not asked to repair the same infrastructure a second and third time.
Additional information about FTA’s Hurricane Sandy aid and the agency’s Emergency Relief Program, through which these funds are administered, is available at http://www.fta.dot.gov/about/15138.html.