(Alec Hamilton-WNYC News) U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says area transit agencies should be able to be ready to withstand future storms.
"Nobody's sitting around,” LaHood told WNYC's Soterios Johnson. "There's a sense of urgency about getting this done, getting it done the right way, making sure that it's done correctly -- and making sure that it's done in a way that will withhold the kind of storm that hit the region during Sandy."
On Monday the Federal Transit Administration said it would start releasing $2 billion of the $10.9 billion in transit aid voted into law last week.
New Jersey has requested $1.2 billion of that aid, New York close to $5 billion. Neither agency has released a complete breakdown of how those funds would be spent.