Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy hit the northeast, SEPTA has received almost $90 million in grant money for seven improvement projects to areas most affected by the storm.
The money comes from the Federal Transit Administration Emergency Relief Program, funded after Sandy. According to SEPTA, the funds are the result of the Disaster Relief Appropriates Act of 2013.
"We'll get moving on [these projects] pretty quickly," said Andrew Busch, SEPTA spokesman.
The next move is for SEPTA to collect bids for the projects, which Busch said will happen in the coming months.
Projects include $18.7 million for railroad embankment and slope stabilization in Montgomery and Delaware counties; $3.8 million for Sharon Hill Line flood mitigation; $32 million to reinforce signal power across the Regional Rail; $9 million for a backup control center facility; $3.7 million for emergency power systems for pump rooms; $15 million for a study and improvements to the hydrologic conditions at Jenkintown; and $4.5 million to stabilize more than two miles of railroad adjacent to the Schuylkill River in Montgomery County.
Further project costs
- The $86.8 million grant accounts for 75 percent of the total cost of the projects, Bush said.
- The total cost of the projects is estimated to be $115 million.
- The remaining 25 percent comes from SEPTA's capital budget.