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FTA Issues Post-Sandy Grants

Two years after Hurricane Sandy unleashed flood waters across much of the mid-Atlantic region, FTA has selected 40 recipients of matching funds for public transit resiliency and flood mitigation projects. The grants will pay for 75 percent of a project’s cost, with local or state governments covering the rest.

FTA set aside the $3.6 billion in grant funding for resiliency projects designed to prevent the damage done by future storms and flooding. The original Sandy spending bill included $10.9 billion for public transit work, but that figure was cut to $10.2 billion by sequestration.

Multiple grants went to Connecticut DOT, Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

MTA received the single largest grant, $617 million, for flood mitigation in MTA New York City Transit rail yards.
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