The West Pointe à la Hache Ferry landing

FTA provides $110 million in disaster relief aid to public transportation providers

February 7, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will allocate $110 million to eight public transportation providers and DOTs in six states and one territory that have been affected by natural disasters.

The funding comes from the Public Transportation Emergency Relief (ER) program and will cover repairs, equipment replacement and reimbursement from emergency services due to disasters that occurred in 2017 and between 2020 and 2022.

“Americans cannot stop their lives because a disaster damages their transit systems,” FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez said in a statement. “We know it is critical to fund recovery efforts for these systems, so they can keep taking Americans to work, school, doctors’ appointments and other important destinations.”

New Jersey Transit Corp. will receive $75 million to build a rail maintenance of way (MOW) facility in Clifton that will replace an obsolete and flood-prone MOW facility in Wood-Ridge. The current 70-year-old facility was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ida in 2021. The new energy-efficient, state-of-the-art facility is currently in the design phase.

Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District in Louisiana will receive $18.6 million for the Pointe á la Hache Ferry Crossing, which had been damaged by several storms, including Tropical Storm Harvey and Hurricane Ida.

Among the other projects that received funds:

  • Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority will receive $13.2 million to repair the Tren Urbano rail system and facilities, which were damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • Hillsborough County, Florida, will receive $2.1 million to recoup costs from the Hillsborough Regional Transit (HART), which provided emergency services during Hurricane Ian.

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Gracie Warhurst

Gracie Warhurst has joined Strategic Partnerships, Inc. as a writer and digital content creator for the new Government Market News portal. With a rich background in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Warhurst has experience as editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, assistant web editor, and project manager for an AI journalism project. She also contributed as a reporter during the development of SPI's news portal. Warhurst graduated summa cum laude in December 2023 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and a certificate in creative writing, making her a valuable asset to the SPI team.

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