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Hurricane Sandy

DOT support helps rebuild transit in New York City

Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall nearly 15 months ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation has worked alongside the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to help the nation’s busiest transit network recover as quickly as possible. On Friday we continued that work with a grant of $886 million to help the MTA continue rebuilding and replacing transportation equipment and facilities damaged or destroyed by the storm.

The funds we are providing will go a long way to help the MTA continue clearing debris from tunnels, rebuilding stations, and replacing electrical systems damaged by flooding. We're working to give transit riders a system that will be stronger than ever before...

Photo of workers in MTA's Montague Tunnel

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $3 Billion to Strengthen Resiliency of Transit Agencies Affected by Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the availability of approximately $3 billion to strengthen the resiliency of public transportation systems affected by Hurricane Sandy, which triggered the worst transit disaster in U.S. history just over a year ago. The funds will be awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on a competitive basis for projects that protect critical transit infrastructure from being damaged or destroyed by future natural disasters.

Sandy: one year later

Transportation recovery continues moving forward with DOT support

In the year since Hurricane Sandy, we have worked closely with our state and federal partners to help restore transportation systems in affected states, while also working to ensure that new infrastructure is built to withstand future storms.

Rebuilding damaged roads, bridges, tunnels, and transit lines is no easy task. And this Department has worked hard to speed relief and recovery funds to the state and local agencies doing the heavy lifting. That lifting is the real work, and the men and women doing it deserve our thanks.

Hurricane Sandy provided a devastating reminder of how much we depend on our transportation systems.

Photo of workers inspecting damage to Montague Tunnel, courtesy M.T.A.

Task Force releases Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

Recommendations seek to help communities better withstand --and recover from-- future storms

Yesterday, President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force released a strategy to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild. The strategy's 69 policy recommendations, many of which have already been adopted, will help homeowners stay in and repair their homes, strengthen small businesses, and revitalize local economies. Many of the recommendations also serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather.

As the President said, "We have cut red tape, piloted cutting edge programs and strengthened our partnership with state and local officials. While a great amount of work remains, we will stand with the region for as long as it takes to recover."

Photo of transit workers pumping out a New York subway train

Federal Transit Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency Sign Agreement Outlining Roles For Addressing Public Transit Needs Following Hurricane Sandy, Future Major Disaster

Interagency Agreement Marks Major Milestone in Development of FTA’s New Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program

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