After Sandy wreaked havoc on the MTA’s infrastructure, the transit agency is finally receiving the millions it will take to repair the damage.
The Federal Transit Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the MTA $193.1 million in total funding to reimburse storm preparation costs and to help rebuild public transit, bridges and tunnels, announced U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday.
“Prior to the onset of Sandy, our goal was to restore service as quickly and safely as possible, and we were able to do that. These federal funds will go a long way to help the MTA pay for the initial costs associated with that effort,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Thomas F. Prendergast. “But much work remains and we will continue working on the next series of improvements, entering into contracts for projects that are essential to our customers including the full restoration of service to the Rockaways and to South Ferry station.”
Broken down, $141.6 million will be for New York City Transit, and of that money, $17.9 million will go towards restoring the A subway line in the Rockaways. Th MTA will also set aside $17.9 million for the Long Island Rail Road, $14.9 million for the Metro-North and $3 million for its bridges and tunnels.