WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide more than $277 million to help hurricane-damaged public transportation in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands.
The funding announced Thursday is earmarked for response and rebuilding projects related to last year’s hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — plus for emergency preparedness.
Sixty-eight people were killed as a result of Hurricane Harvey which caused $125 billion in damage.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria came ashore in September.
The DOT’s Federal Transit Administration says the bulk of the grants — $223.5 million — will assist Puerto Rico. Parts of the island still lack power.
Texas will receive $23.3 million, while Florida’s share is $22.8 million.
The federal money includes $6.7 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands, plus $187,000 for Georgia.
(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)