NEW YORK—The $5 billion that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is seeking from the federal government for Hurricane Sandy-related damages and construction delays has been detailed online in a spreadsheet.
Figures include $650 million to restore the Rockaway A line over Jamaica Bay in Queens and $600 million to restore the South Ferry 1 station in Lower Manhattan. Also, immediate revenue loss from the storm is pegged at $124 million. The subway, bus, and commuter rail systems were completely shut down the day before Sandy and fares were free for two days after the systems began running.
The two restoration figures have surprised transit analysts, some of whom are questioning the restorations.
The A line restoration $650 million figure “will embolden those wondering if restoring the line is the best use of resources,” said Benjiman Kabak on his website Second Avenue Sagas.
Other costs include $1.07 billion to restore signals and tracks, $750 million to restore the Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown Tunnels, and $100 million to restore equipment in the East River tunnels, which were flooded.
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