PATH to get federal grants for Sandy-related damage

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The PATH rail system is getting more than quarter of a billion dollars to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and take steps to protect against future storms.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez announced the $256 million grant Tuesday at the Harrison PATH station.

About $200 million of the U.S. Department of Transportation grant will go toward replacing four electrical substations that provide power to the PATH system and for improvements at the Hoboken station and a maintenance yard in Harrison.

The rest will be used for flood protection measures, including a flood barrier and concrete seawall near the Harrison yard.

PATH trains carry more than 200,000 passengers between New Jersey and Manhattan each weekday.