WASHINGTON - US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced more than $18 million in federal Sandy relief has been awarded to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to help repair and restore the PATH train's equipment and infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

"I don't think any New Jerseyan expected to see the Hoboken PATH station flooding like a scene on the Titanic, or could have predicted ocean waters would corrode the PATH's railways. But those memories remind us of the work that lies ahead in the long-term recovery of our PATH railway system ," said Senator Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. "This funding will help the Port Authority cover the cost of PATH repairs that were imperative immediately following the storm. It took a lot of persistence on the part of many people working together to secure this funding. As we continue our work toward full recovery, I won't stop doing everything I can to help New Jersey get the federal resources it needs to come back better and stronger than before Superstorm Sandy."

"Thousands of people in New Jersey faced long, arduous commutes following the unprecedented damage from Superstorm Sandy, particularly because of the severe flooding to the PATH tunnels and the Hoboken Terminal. This federal funding is a critical investment in the PATH train system to help ensure that when another storm hits, our commuters won't be left standing at the station," said Sen. Lautenberg. "Superstorm Sandy taught us that our rail lines must be stronger and better prepared for disaster, so we'll continue to fight for investments that give commuters a more reliable transit system."

A total of $18,213,824 was awarded to through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.