Menendez, Booker, Pascrell, Payne, Zimmer Announce More than $71M in USDOT Funding for NJ Sandy Recovery, Resilience

Menendez, Booker, Pascrell, Payne, Zimmer Announce More than $71M in USDOT Funding for NJ Sandy Recovery, Resilience

NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as Congressmen Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) and Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer today announced $71,419,023 in federal Sandy relief funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to rebuild and make New Jersey’s transit network more resilient to future natural disasters.

"After Sandy hit, we said that not only do we have to rebuild our transportation infrastructure -- so vital to our economy -- we have to make it more resilient," said Sen. Menendez. "This funding will help keep our state on its path to full recovery and ensure we come back stronger to withstand the next storm."

“Here in New Jersey, communities throughout the state are still working hard to fully recover from the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy,” said Sen. Booker. “This funding will allow us to continue our restoration and recovery efforts while making necessary, long-term investments in improving the resiliency of our infrastructure.”

“Not just repairing, but also solidifying our mass transit system, is vital to the thousands of commuters that help drive New Jersey’s economy,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell. “This federal investment will allow New Jersey Transit to rebuild from Sandy and move critical infrastructure to higher ground, allowing our system to be more resilient to future disasters."

“As we continue on the path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we have a tremendous opportunity to make our transportation infrastructure safer and more resilient,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “This funding will help us achieve that goal by enabling smart investments in our transit network that are essential to strengthening our communities against future disasters.”

“With 56 percent of our residents taking public transportation to work every day, Hoboken is the most transit-dependent city in the country,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The three months it took to fully restore our transportation network after Sandy had a severe impact on our local economy, but these critical resiliency investments will better protect our region in the future.”

The funding announced today is part of a $3.7 Billion Second Round of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Sandy relief for public transit needs allocated in May 2013.

New Jersey Transit will utilize the funds for the following projects:  

Hoboken Terminal House Power Repair 

Design and construction for the repair and replacement of the Hoboken Terminal House Power Supply (a.k.a. "Depot Substation") that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and will include switch gear, transformers and associated relays, circuit breakers, power cables, electrical system components, and ancillary equipment. The substation will be relocated to the second floor of the Immigrant Building to provide greater resiliency.

Henderson St. Substation Repair Project

Design and construction of the replacement Henderson Street Substation in Hoboken, damaged in Superstorm Sandy, and will include switch-gear, transformers and all other associated power cable, devices, and control.  The substation will be relocated to a more resilient location in the Hoboken Yard.

Bay Head Yard Substation Repair

Design and construction of the replacement Bay Head Yard Substation, damaged in Superstorm Sandy, including switch-gear, transformers and all other associated power cable, devices, and controls.

Rail Operations Center (ROC) Unit Substation Project

Construction of a replacement Substation to be built above Design Flood Elevation and integration of emergency power equipment to service the Rail Operations Center (ROC)

The President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law two years ago, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure