The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $3 billion in funds under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 for States, local governmental authorities, tribal governments and other FTA recipients
impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which affected mid-Atlantic and northeastern states in October 201 2. This announcement solicits proposals for resilience projects, defined as those projects designed and built to address current and future vulnerabilities to a public transportation facility or system due to future occurrence or recurrence of emergencies or major disasters that are likely to occur in the geographic area in which the public transportation system is located; or projected changes in development patterns, demographics, or climate change and extreme weather patterns.
For the purposes of this notice, public transportation may include consideration of intercity passenger rail service.
This resilience funding is intended to protect public transportation infrastructure that has been repaired or rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy or that is at risk of being damaged or destroyed by a future natural disaster.
These investments reduce the likelihood that U. S. taxpayers are asked to repair the same infrastructure after a future major storm or natural disaster.
Furthermore, the activities funded under this notice will help strengthen and build more resilient communities to better withstand future disasters.