WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) said yesterday (March 18) it is reimbursing
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $92.4
million of the cost of building a temporary rail station linking
the World Trade Center site and New Jersey, according to an
Associated Press report in the Jersey Journal.
The funds are approximately half the expected cost of the
construction of the PATH facility, scheduled to open in
The other half is expected to come from insurance payments
to the Port Authority, which owns the site and had a $1.5
billion policy for it.
"It's a stripped-down, bare-bones version to get the facility
back in service," said Brad Gair, head of FEMA's Sept. 11
As the project for rebuilding the site progresses, transit
officials will eventually return to the PATH station to do a
number of enhancements, Gair said.
A trade center PATH stop served 65,000 daily commuters
until the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001.
The federal government has allocated about $4.55 billion for
transportation rebuilding and improvements in the lower