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August 14, 2002

FEMA and FTA Provide $4.55 Billion to Rebuild Manhattan Mass Transit

The transportation infrastructure in lower Manhattan, crippled during the attack on the World Trade Center, will be rebuilt with the help of $4.55 billion in federal funds, officials announced on August 12th. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are providing the funding, which will "not only replace what was lost on September 11 but will give the city a state-of-the-art system for its commuters," said FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh.

Recognizing the interdependence of lower Manhattan's bus, subway, rail, ferry and walkways, FEMA broadly interpreted its guidelines, allowing maximum flexibility to support lower Manhattan's transportation needs as it recovers from the attack. See the FEMA press release.

"Today's historic announcement will provide funding for a world-class transportation system that will include a new PATH station, a downtown grand terminal, mass transit connections, and underground concourses linking PATH, the N and R subway lines, the 1 and 9 lines, the 4 and 5 lines, and ferry connections," said Joseph Seymour, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. See the Port Authority press release.

The New York City Transit System is among the largest in the world, serving six million riders per day, saving energy, avoiding emissions, and reducing the traffic burden on the city's streets. See the transit system Web site.

The collapse of the World Trade Center resulted in substantial damage to the tunnel that serves the No. 1 and No. 9 subway lines beneath the World Trade Center complex, along with its signals, communications, tunnel lighting and power facilities. In addition, a portion of the N and R subway lines sustained structural damage. See the December 2001 report from the New York State Comptroller (PDF 69 KB). A visual representation of the impacts of the attack is provided by a New York City Transit System map for lower Manhattan (PDF 175 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

What might a rebuilt transportation infrastructure look like? Check out the suggestions of "New York New Visions," a coalition of 20 architecture, planning, and design organizations. Their principles call mass transit "the single most important investment in the future health of Lower Manhattan." See "Principle 3" on the New York New Visions Web site.