03.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, NADLER ANNOUNCE OVER $343 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY-RELIEF FUNDING FOR MTA’S SOUTH FERRY TERMINAL STATION

Mayor Bill de Blasio Highlighted the Importance of the Federal Funding & Repairing This Key Transit Hub 

Floodwaters From Superstorm Sandy Caused Extensive Damage to South Ferry Terminal Station; MTA Station Was Closed for Years After Storm First Hit

Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler Announce Emergency Relief Funding to Rehabilitate MTA’s South Ferry Station & Protect Against Future Flooding; Work Includes Leak Remediation & Repairs to Station, Rail Tracks, Power Equipment & More

 

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Jerrold Nadler today announced over $343 million in federal funding for South Ferry Terminal Station, a MTA New York City Transit recovery capital project post Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Bill de Blasio highlighted the importance of the funding and repairing this key transit hub. The funding is being awarded through the Federal Transit Authority’s Emergency Relief program.

“Superstorm Sandy seriously damaged our critical infrastructure, like the South Ferry Terminal Station, and this federal funding will help make sure the subway station is better protected in the event of another mega storm,” said Senator Schumer. “I am pleased to announce over $343 million in federal Sandy-relief funding to help make sure our subways are stronger than ever before.”

“After Superstorm Sandy devastated New York and damaged critical infrastructure throughout the city, we need to make sure we aren’t just building back, but that we are building back stronger so we can be prepared when the next storm hits,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I’m pleased to announce this federal funding for the South Ferry station and will continue to fight for resources to strengthen and build back the critical transportation infrastructure New Yorkers rely on to get to work every day.”

"I'm very pleased to announce that the federal government is allocating $343 million in federal funding to rehabilitate the South Ferry Terminal Station,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler.   "Closed since Superstorm Sandy hit, the South Ferry Terminal Station suffered extensive damage.  This funding will rehabilitate the South Ferry Terminal Station to a State of Good Repair and protect the restored infrastructure from future flooding.  The South Ferry Terminal is a key piece of New York City Subway system that is used by neighborhood residents, workers, tourists and commuters and when it is again operational it will greatly improve the efficiency of the entire Seventh Avenue subway line."

"The South Ferry Terminal Station provides New Yorkers with a crucial link between the subway and Staten Island Ferry. This funding will make an enormous difference in repairing and better protecting a key transit hub, as we implement a comprehensive plan to ensure that Lower Manhattan - and the city at large - will be safer and better prepared in the event of an emergency," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congressman Nadler for securing these vital funds, and for their continued leadership as we work together toward a stronger, more resilient New York."

This funding for this program was appropriated in the Sandy Relief Bill, which Schumer, Gillibrand and Nadler fought hard to secure. Funding in the amount of $34,395,855 will be awarded to the MTA through the FTA’s Emergency Relief program. This recovery project was added to the MTA Capital Program in July 2013 in response to the storm and was not previously part of any capital plan prior to Sandy. This project will rehabilitate the South Ferry Terminal Station to a State of Good Repair and protect the restored infrastructure from future flooding. The rehabilitation work will include leak remediation and repairs to the station, rail tracks, line equipment, signals and power equipment. Flood protection measures will include hardening of station entrances, vents, manholes, hatches conduits and ducts.

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