WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today lauded a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) federal grant in the amount of $159, 720,171 awarded to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to fund the repair of damage to the PATH train system sustained during Hurricane Sandy. The activities funded include protective measures for vehicles, facilities and infrastructure; operating costs for emergency operations, including the re-establishment of services, and temporary public transit services; and immediate and permanent repairs (including labor costs and materials).
"New Jersey's mass transit system is vital to our region, which is why we must ensure it is rebuilt stronger and better prepared for future storms," said Rep. Pascrell. "The PATH system serves as a major artery for hundreds of thousands of commuters daily and is critical to the commerce of our region. The cornerstone to America’s economic recovery is infrastructure investment just like this. This federal investment is again going to help get New Jersey's economy back on track."
Funds in this grant will be utilized by the PATH to reimburse funds the grantee expended in the response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy, including: Operating-Supplemental Ferry & Bus Services; Rehab/Rebuild Commuter Rail Cars-Rail Rolling Stock; Rehab Maintenance Facility at the Harrison Complex; Rehab/Renovate Signal System; Rehab/Renovate Sub-stations; Purchase Support Equipment; Rehab/Renovate Fare Collection Equipment; Rehab/Renovate Vertical Transportation; Emergency Works/Contract Expenses; Rehab/Renovate Security & Communication Equipment; and Emergency Response & Recovery Force Account. All these projects were for preparation or response to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.