Officials: Hurricane Sandy's damage to transport in billions

Dec 6, 2012

New York and New Jersey officials say trains, tracks, tunnels, bridges, roads, and airports damaged from Hurricane Sandy will cost billions of dollars to repair — and that even more money is needed for them to withstand future severe storms. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Credit U.S. Senate

Sen. Charles Schumer told a Senate panel Thursday that transportation infrastructure in New York suffered $7.5 billion in damage. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city's subways, took the biggest hit — $5 billion. The hearing was intended to lay the groundwork for federal aid.

NJ Transit officials said it will cost $400 million to repair and replaced damaged equipment, tracks and stations, plus another $800 million to make the transit agency better able to withstand storms like Sandy.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.