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FTA Announces $3 Billion Available to Support <br>Transit Systems Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

The Federal Transit Administration last week announced it has made $3 billion available to transit agencies that experienced damage to their transportation systems during Hurricane Sandy. The funding will go to "strengthen the resiliency" of those systems for future protection from natural disasters.

FTA's $3 billion will be awarded on a competitive basis. Public transportation agencies serving the areas affected by Sandy can apply through FTA's Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program. The following states are eligible: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

"The $3 billion in resiliency funds will go first and foremost to reinforce the critical infrastructure necessary to support public transportation systems damaged by Hurricane Sandy," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff in a statement. "Our goal is to advance the best regionally coordinated projects, so taxpayers won't have to pay to restore the same transit services a second or third time."

The FTA Emergency Relief Program for recovery, relief, and resiliency efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy received $10.9 billion authorized by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2012 (though that amount was cut by roughly $545 million after sequestration). FTA is allocating the $10.4 billion in "multiple tiers for response, recovery and rebuilding; for locally prioritized resiliency projects; and for competitively selected resiliency work."

Complete proposals from all applicants are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 28. Additional information on the FTA funding is available in the Federal Register notice here.

Questions regarding this article may be directed to editor@aashtojournal.org.

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