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New Jersey Transit, PATH receive federal funds for Sandy recovery

New Jersey Transit has been awarded $144 million and Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH), $18 million in federal Hurricane Sandy relief funds, U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announced late last week.

NJ Transit's funds will help cover the costs of equipment repairs and temporary bus and ferry services provided in the storm's wake. PATH's allocation will help cover the costs to repair and restore train equipment and infrastructure damaged by the storm, which struck in late October 2012, the senators announced in a joint statement.

Although the funds will help the agencies recover from the storm's impact, more needs to be done to protect their infrastructure against future storm damage, they said.

"We need to build better, stronger and smarter so that we can be prepared to protect our transportation resources during future severe weather events, and get New Jersey moving as quickly as possible after they pass," Menendez said.

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