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New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) will receive nearly $1.5 billion in federal aid to repair and fortify infrastructure that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) announced yesterday."The record storm surge flooded out train stations, destroyed rail yards and crippled our public transit system that millions rely on everyday to get around," Menendez said in a press release. "Sandy taught us that we must rebuild our infrastructure to withstand future disasters. This critical federal funding will help ensure the Garden State recovers from Sandy, stronger and better than before the storm."NJ Transit will receive a total of $1.3 billion in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, including:• $88,903,190 for train controls, wayside signals, power and communication resiliency; • $184,493,910 for the Delco lead safe haven storage and re-inspection facility;• $409,764,814 for the New Jersey transitgrid;• $446,312,465 for the New Jersey Transit Raritan River Drawbridge replacement project; and• $146,548,432 for Hoboken long slip flood protection.PANYNJ will receive about $212.5 million in FTA grants, including:• $16,815,975 for a concrete sea wall east of the PATH Harrison Car Maintenance Facility;• $14,861,400 for Harrison Car Maintenance Facility's automatic flood barrier• $40,200,000 for Penn-Moynihan Station Complex train-shed hardening project;• $18,900,000 for an extension of rail yards;• $84,675,000 for the World Trade Center site and the transit facilities flood mitigation and resiliency improvements program; and• $37,084,650 for Exchange Place, Newport Station and Grove Street Station head house protection."These grants move New Jersey another step closer toward full recovery from Superstorm Sandy and are essential to building a transportation infrastructure that can withstand future storms," Booker said.
Today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced in a press release more details of the New Jersey Transit projects that will be funded.