BOSTON, Mass. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are providing $ 4,206,333 in disaster assistance funding to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The funds will make it possible for MBTA to repair and substantially improve the Green Line subway signal system.
"Restoration of the signal system is critical to the safe operation of the MBTA subway system. The MBTA Green Line is the primary means of transportation for approximately 260,000 riders per day in the City of Boston," according to Jeffrey A. Bean, regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Boston.
The Green Line subway project will repair and replace the electrical and signal cable systems which were damaged and in some instances destroyed during the heavy rains and flooding which interrupted transit service and closed the Kenmore Station for a week.
FEMA's share of the funding, totaling $3,154,750 comes as a result of the Presidential Disaster declaration for Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties in Massachusetts due to heavy rains and flooding in October 1996.