NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new influx of federal dollars will help mass transit across the region continue to rebuild 15 months after superstorm Sandy.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, $886 million is coming to the MTA from a pot of $3.8 billion earmarked for the agency from the Federal Transit Administration.

“This funding will be used to help rebuild from the effects of Hurricane Sandy and to strengthen their system against future storms,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said.

About $535 million of the funding will go toward repairs of three tunnels under the river badly damaged in the Oct. 2012 storm — the Montague, Steinway and Greenpoint.

“Everyone saw the pictures of flood waters filling the subways. What may have been less visible was havoc all that sea water wreaked on the electrical systems, signals and communications equipment,” FTA administrator Peter Rogoff said. “We’ll give back to the people of New York reliable access to jobs, school, doctors, friends, their place of business.”

More than $103 million will fund projects to protect against flooding for Metro-North.

Federal officials said the money is keeping the promise to help rebuild stronger than before.

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