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Transit agencies get $1.4 billion in storm aid

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo inspects flooding at a PATH train station. Gov. Andrew Cuomo inspects flooding at a PATH train station.
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The transit agencies in the New York tristate region and New England will get more than $1.42 billion in funding to help rebuilding after the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, the federal government announced. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH), New Jersey Transit (NJT), and New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) will share most of the aid package, which is administered by the Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday.

"Millions of men, women, and children depend on the transit systems in the Northeast corridor to get where they need to go every day," LaHood wrote in a blog post. "It is imperative that we continue this rapid progress to restore these systems – and begin helping them to prepare effectively to mitigate damage from the next big storm that comes their way."

The city's DOT is also getting a separate $21.9 million package to protect and repair damaged boats and facilities for the Staten Island and Governors Island ferry services.

Smaller funding package are going to transit agencies in Wetchester County in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, where damage was less severe.

Flooding from Superstorm Sandy's record storm surge severely damaged or destroyed commuter tunnels, subway stations, subway tunnels, tracks, trains, and other equipment and facilities.

Some tunnels and stations remained closed for weeks. The South Ferry station on the MTA's No. 1 subway line remains closed and subway service to and from the Rockaway Peninsula remains suspended.

"New York worked hard to make its case to Congress that the unprecedented damage to our vital transportation network deserved immediate federal help for recovery," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "I'm glad the MTA is continuing to get the help it needs to be reimbursed for its Sandy costs."

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