New York, NY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) obligated an additional $92.4 million today to the State of New York, reimbursing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the construction of a temporary PATH station at the World Trade Center (WTC) site.
The grant for $92,411,510 will cover approximately 50 percent of the cost to build the station, with the balance coming from anticipated insurance proceeds. In addition to the construction of a temporary commuter rail passenger terminal at the former WTC site, the federal funding will include the installation of track and traction power as well as lighting, electrical, signal and communications systems. A replacement electrical substation will be rebuilt in a separate structure. Egress to Church St. will be provided via escalators, and an enclosed concourse will connect commuters to the New York City subway system.
"The Port Authority has successfully confronted many unique challenges in moving this project forward. These federal funds, made possible as part of President Bush's commitment to rebuild New York City, will permit PATH service in lower Manhattan to resume by Dec. 2003," said Michael D. Brown, acting under secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Department of Homeland Security. FEMA became part of the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.
"This will not only enable commuters to return to more convenient daily travel patterns, but will alleviate overcrowding created by increased ridership at other PATH stations in the city. The temporary facility will also allow for the long-term redevelopment of the WTC site and the permanent restoration of the lower Manhattan intermodal system to continue simultaneously," Brown added.
With these funds, the total amount obligated to date to the Port Authority through the Public Assistance program is more than $156.4 million. The transportation agency is expected to receive approximately $400 million in FEMA disaster assistance as a result of the WTC attack.
New York State Emergency Management Office Director Edward F. Jacoby Jr. said, "The FEMA / State of New York Public Assistance Program has played a critical role in assisting the Port Authority to embark on a downtown restoration program that will benefit commuters throughout the metropolitan area. As a result, the agency has done a remarkable job to get the community moving again."
"The resumption of PATH service to the World Trade Center site will restore a vital link in the region's transportation network that was severed during the September 11 terrorist attacks," said Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour. "We are grateful to FEMA for their continuing financial support to restore a key commuting option for thousands of people who need to travel between New York and New Jersey every day."
President Bush authorized FEMA to pay for 100 percent of the program costs associated with federal response and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center. Public Assistance reimburses government agencies and certain non-profits providing a government-like service for eligible disaster-related damages and costs not covered by insurance.
Among the categories eligible for reimbursement are debris removal, emergency protective measures and public transportation, and repair or restoration of damaged public facilities.