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US DOT awards over $880 million to MTA for Sandy recovery

WASHINGTON – US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx personally told MTA officials on Friday his agency was awarding the New York City transportation system $886 million for ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery work.

The storm devastated peoples’ homes and businesses, noted Foxx.

“It also triggered the worst public transit disaster in American history,” Foxx said. “The region in Sandy’s path accounted for more trips taken via transit than any other in the country.”

Foxx said this is money already pledged and was not being released.

“This is a significant chunk of the $3.8 billion that we committed to the MTA shortly after the storm hit, and this funding will be used to rebuild from the effects of Hurricane Sandy to strengthen their system against future storm,” he said.

Of the just allocated money, $535 million will be applied to rail support and equipment facilities repairs; $139 million for electrical and power distribution on the Metro-North and Long Island Railroads; $88 million to repair communications and signal equipment for those two lines; over $1 million to restore damages rights of way on the Metro-North east of Hudson lines; and $32 million for rail stations, stops and terminal repairs.