Feds Award $886 Million to New York MTA for Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

The federal government is giving $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.

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.

“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,” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “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.”

MTA will use the funds to complete hundreds of projects, including rail support and equipment facilities repair; electrical and power distribution repair; signal and communication repair; transitway line restoration; and rail stations, stops and terminals.