New York subway to receive grants to cope with hurricanes

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NEW YORK – MTA New York City Transit will receive Federal Transit Administration grants totaling more than $57 million for two major-storm resiliency projects in subway stations: a new emergency communications system and a hardening project to protect station rooms.

NYC Transit plans to replace the current emergency booth communication system that provides emergency and security communications between train supervisors and personnel across the subway system.

The first grant of $52,425,000 funds a new state-of-the-art system that will provide instant communication between station agents and Rail Control Center supervisors and enable direct communication between passengers and supervisors system wide in the event of an emergency. The project includes installation of the new system at the Rail Control Center and at all subway stations; new work areas at subway, bus and electronic maintenance centers; and connection and integration with existing service delivery technology in use at NYC Transit.

MTA will match the federal grant with $17,475,000 in funds from the 2010-2014 Capital Program, for a total cost of $69.9 million.

A second grant of $4,716,634, with a $1,572,211 match from the MTA, will fund the hardening of critical station rooms to prevent widespread flooding elsewhere in the system from breaching areas that house sensitive electronic equipment. This includes storm resiliency measures to protect station facility rooms at the Federal Emergency Management Agency 100-year flood level, plus one foot, but NYC Transit will seek to exceed this level whenever possible. The design will seal conduits; move vents; add watertight or marine doors, and install drains and valves.

This grant covers work for up to 21 rooms at four stations and is intended to pay for the first phase of a station-hardening project that will ultimately improve the flood resiliency of a total of 54 rooms located at Canal St 1; Canal St ACE; the Canal St 6JNQRZ station complex; and Franklin St 1.

Both of the grants were awarded through a competitive application process by the FTA through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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