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FTA announces $277.5 million in funding for systems damaged by last year’s hurricanes

By on June 1, 2018

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Thursday the allocation of $277.5 million in emergency relief funding for public transportation systems damaged by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. About $232.3 million will be “dedicated to response, recovery, and rebuilding projects, with $44.2 million going toward resiliency projects.”

FTA plans to allocate the funds as follows: approximately $223.5 million for Puerto Rico, $23.3 million for Texas, $22.8 million for Florida, $6.7 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $187,000 for Georgia.

According to the agency’s press release, each state or territory will be able to use the grant funding for emergency operations, damages to transit vehicles and infrastructure, and the “cost of resiliency projects to better protect against future disasters,” with costs incurred during emergency operations “eligible for reimbursement,” it adds.

Guidance and requirements to grant recipients for the allocation can be found here.

Congress appropriated $330 million for FTA’s Emergency Relief Program (49 U.S.C.§5324) in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed in February.

Allocations for Puerto Rico response, recovery and rebuilding:

Puerto Rico allocation for resilience

Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority $25,721,000

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