New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the Empire State will receive $1.9 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government as climate change increases extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is distributing the funds — with $1.6 billion going to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) projects, $212 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and $200 million to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).
“Adjusting to the new reality of extreme weather is a collaborative effort, and the more than $1.9 billion awarded [Wednesday] by the federal government will help us build a stronger and more resilient New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “Superstorm Sandy taught us the importance of preparing for the worst and the need to reimagine our state to meet the challenges of a changing climate.”
MTA projects include $617 million to mitigate flooding in rail yards that were inundated with storm surge during Superstorm Sandy. The ten yards to be protected are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Street-level openings are another vulnerable part of the subway system that will receive $301 million to protect from flooding. Millions of gallons of salt water entered the subway system during Sandy, most visibly shutting down South Ferry Station with 15 million gallons of salt water. The station reconstruction is expected to cost $600 million and the site is projected to reopen in 2016. The Port Authority received $84.7 million for its World Trade Center site Flood Mitigation and Resiliency Program. In 2012, the World Trade Center site was inundated with millions of gallons of water from storm surge during Sandy. The project will secure the WTC site with significant flood protection improvements.
“Over the past few years we’ve focused on everything from storm-proofing homes and electrical stations to protecting subway entrances and other vital infrastructure from the effects of major flooding,” said Cuomo. “This funding will ensure that our State has the resources it needs to continue building back stronger and better than ever before.”
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