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.
The stepped-up effort comes two weeks after a deadly Metro-North train derailment.
As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.
Secy. Anthony Foxx said investing in the nation’s transportation system is the greatest example of what one generation can do for the next.