The PATH system is getting more than $300 million in federal Hurricane Sandy recovery aid, officials announced today.

The waterfront commuter rail system sustained $1.3 billion in damage after Sandy's storm surge flooded its underground stations and tunnels with tens of millions of gallons of water from the Hudson River and New York Harbor. The storm shut down parts of the trans-Hudson system for up to seven weeks, and required scrubbing or replacement of tracks, tunnel walls, and equipment left with a coating of corrosive sea salt.

Today, New Jersey's two U.S. senators, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, joined with fellow Democrats from the state's congressional delegation to announce the award of $311,548,600 federal money to help reimburse the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the cost of salt removal from the PATH tubes.

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