The Metropolitan Transportation will finally be reimbursed for damages from Hurricane Sandy, and will also be given additional funding to rebuild even stronger infrastructure designed to withstand what the MTA calls “the new realities of extreme weather.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that $886.3 million has been awarded to the MTA by the Federal Transit Administration. The majority of the funding will go towards the New York City Transit system, which the MTA says “was dealt the most crippling blows by the storm surge.” Over $266 million will go towards completely rebuilding the R Line –Montague Tube, including installing a new track, switches, 30,000 feet of duct bank, 200,000 feet of communications cables, and 75,000 feet of power cable.
Over $145 million will be used toward rebuilding the Long Island Rail Road, and will go towards funding projects to replace three of four substations on the Long Beach Branch, and to permanently restore signals, power, and communications systems, system components and cabling along the right-of-way, including grade crossings and station platforms. Infrastructure will also be replaced at the West Side Yard and First Avenue Substation, and system upgrades will be made at the Hillside Support Facility, Shea Yard, the Far Rockaway Branch, and the Westbury Station.
About $3 million will go towards electrifying two more tracks at the Long Island City Yard, which would make Long Island City a “more robust terminal if service through East River Tunnels is curtailed,” said the MTA.
“There are many challenges a transit system faces in the months and years after suffering the types of severe impacts we did during Sandy,” said MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast in a press release. “The work of rebuilding carries on behind the scenes long after the storm has left the public consciousness. At the same time that we are rebuilding an entire subway tunnel, we are fighting back against latent failures – unseen failures brought on by the storm that are waiting to happen – and reduced lifespan of components system wide. This funding is essential in helping us to address those needs and to allow us to continue to provide service at the same time that we build back stronger than we were before the storm.”
The funding will also go towards infrastructure repairs on the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Capital Construction.
[Source: Metropolitan Transportation Authority]