New Jersey Transit receives recovery funds for Hurricane Sandy damage

New Jersey Transit receives recovery funds for Hurricane Sandy damage.
On Aug. 21, 2015, the Christie administration announced that the New Jersey Transit will receive $71,419,023 in Sandy recovery funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), with the funds being used to continue the repair and resiliency projects currently underway in New Jersey.

“With this funding, we will be making critical investments to protect against future weather events and ensure a more resilient commuter rail system for our residents,” Gov. Chris Christie said.

These funds are the most recent to be awarded by the FTA, and they crucial to supporting various Sandy recovery projects. One of these projects include elevating important substations based in Kearny, Hoboken and Bay Head to decrease the damage of future floods and storms. The substations offer important electrical power for key facilities, like Hoboken terminal and trains.

“The investments we are making in our Sandy recovery and restoration projects will pay dividends to our riders far into the future,” New Jersey Transit Board Chairman Jamie Fox said.

As of today, there has been a total amount of $1.724 billion in Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds dedicated from the FTA to the transit. All of these funds have been in response to the superstorm Sandy.

“Each of these projects helps ensure the resiliency of our operations, equipment and assets,” Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim, New Jersey Transit executive director, said.