MBTA to receive $344,311 in Hurricane Sandy recovery funds

The financially strapped MBTA is set to receive a small, but helpful boost in the form of $344,311 in federal aid to help repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The aid comes as part of a $1.42 billion package distributed among East Coast transit agencies caught in the destructive swath of the October hurricane, which devastated parts of New York and New Jersey and caused light damage in Massachusetts.

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the package today, saying it was the final step in meeting President Barack Obama’s goal to provide $2 billion in aid to transit agencies.

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“Shortly after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, President Obama and I promised that we would do everything in our power to bring relief to the hardest-hit communities, and that is exactly what we have done,” LaHood said in a statement.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the money would primarily cover costs incurred by the agency’s maintenance crews, who had to repair damage to the Green Line’s overhead wires and clear rubble from the tracks.