HARRISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The PATH rail system will be getting additional federal funds to continue repairs from Superstorm Sandy.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, the waterfront commuter rail system sustained more than $1 billion in damage from the surge in the 2012 storm. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said the $256 million in relief grants will reimburse the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for salt removal.

“And these funds are just one building block in our larger efforts to not only return to life as it was before the storm, but to ensure that New Jerseyans are safer, and that our infrastructure is stronger than before the storm made landfall,” Menendez said.

About $200 million of the U.S. Department of Transportation grant will also go toward replacing four electrical substations that provide power to the PATH system and for improvements at the Hoboken station and a maintenance yard in Harrison.

The rest will be used for flood protection measures, including a flood barrier and concrete seawall near the Harrison yard.

Menendez announced the funding with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye and

PATH trains carry more than 200,000 passengers between New Jersey and Manhattan each weekday.

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