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MBTA To Receive $35M To Improve Storm Resistance

The MBTA will receive about $35 million to make the state's public transit system more storm resistant as part of a $3.6 billion federal plan laid out by officials Monday.

The money will aid more than 40 projects to improve public transportation systems that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the funds will go toward sealing street-level vents and manholes to protect underground pump rooms and circuit breaker houses.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit will receive the bulk of the funding, at $1.6 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.

The 2012 superstorm forced the MBTA to shut down service.

With reporting from the WBUR Newsroom and the Associated Press, 

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