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Tri-State Area Transit Agencies Get More Federal Aid

Floodwaters rush into the Hoboken PATH station during Sandy (credit: Port Authority)

Floodwaters rush into the Hoboken PATH station during Sandy (credit: Port Authority)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Tri-State area is getting more federal Sandy aid to help transit agencies in their recovery efforts.

Nearly $163.4 million will go to the NJ TRANSIT, the Port Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The City of Long Beach, Westchester County and the Milford Transit District in Connecticut are also receiving $841,000.

“In keeping with our pledge to help transit agencies make a full recovery from Hurricane Sandy, we are moving quickly to get disaster relief funds out the door as soon as possible,” stated U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “President Obama has called on us to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and that includes ensuring that our transit systems are in good working order and ready to meet riders’ needs safely and efficiently.”

The funds will help the agencies repair and replace equipment damaged in the storm.

This is the second round of federal transit funds that are a part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program.

The program received $10.9 billion when President Barack Obama signed a $50.5 billion federal Sandy aid package in January, but the funding has been reduced by 5 percent because of the sequester.