The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is getting an additional $1 billion from the federal government to help cover the cost of recovering from Superstorm Sandy last fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday. The money, which comes from the Federal Transit Administration, will go toward rebuilding damaged parts of the MTA’s subway, bus and commuter rail system.
The funds are in addition to an initial reimbursement of $193 million that was given to MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road, as well as $3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for MTA Bridges and Tunnels.
“New York worked hard to make its case to Congress that the unprecedented damage to our vital transportation network deserved immediate federal help for recovery,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I’m glad the MTA is continuing to get the help it needs to be reimbursed for its Sandy costs.”
Superstorm Sandy’s corrosive salt water caused an estimated $4.8 billion in damage to railroad and subway lines, vehicular tunnels, subway stations and power and signal equipment. Temporary repairs have kept most of the MTA network running, but some subway stations, subway tubes, subway yards and terminal stations need extensive renovation work.
Metro-North Railroad suffered significant damage to its power and signals systems along its low-lying railroad tracks.
“The MTA did an outstanding job restoring service to our customers after suffering the worst damage ever to befall our transportation network, but we are still working very hard behind the scenes to replace damaged equipment, rebuild infrastructure and restore the system to the way it was before Sandy struck,” MTA Acting Chairman Fernando Ferrer said in a statement. “This latest round of funding is a strong statement of support for our progress from the federal government.”
MTA transit projects will be eligible for additional funding for critical repair and restoration projects, as well as mitigation and resiliency measures from the FTA’s Emergency Relief program. The MTA said it will apply for additional FEMA funding for recovery work at its seven brudges and two tunnels.
(File photo of repairs near the Mamaroneck Metro-North station after Superstorm Sandy.)