Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $25,000,000 in federal funding for transit systems in New York City affected by major declared disasters. The funding will be used for the rehabilitation of the 57th Street substation and Woodside control room project on the M/R lines that were damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias and the remnants of Hurricane Ida. This federal funding was administered through the Department of Transportation.
“Restoring our transportation systems is vital for New York City residents and visitors alike,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am excited to announce that now this funding will be used to help rehabilitate the M/R lines and improve the traveling and commuting experience.”
“These funds will allow the MTA to rebuild a key substation to withstand heavy rain storms, which is a must given the more intense and less predictable storms we are seeing with climate change,” said Richard Davey, President of MTA New York City Transit. “I greatly appreciate the efforts of Senator Gillibrand, Senator Schumer, the entire New York delegation and the Biden Administration in creating this new emergency relief program and for selecting this critically important project. This substation powers the M and R lines in western Queens, and the project will improve reliability for the lines’ riders.”