“I commend the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for beginning so quickly the process of repairing damage done to public transit systems in the New York – New Jersey region during Hurricane Sandy. Today, only six days after President Obama signed the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the FTA announced the availability of $2 billion in grants to help those public transit systems hit hardest by the storm. While the bill makes available $10.9 billion for the FTA’s new Emergency Relief Program, the bill requires the agency to develop interim regulations under the new program before all of these funds can be released.
The initial $2 billion in funds will be used to reimburse public transit systems for extraordinary expenses incurred protecting workers and equipment, before and after the hurricane landed, and to support urgent repairs to seriously damaged facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other areas.
This is an example of the excellent work performed by FTA employees. I applaud the FTA for its prompt action to make emergency funds available for those public transportation systems that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
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