Homeland Security to give boost to NYC transit

January 31, 2008 3:40:40 PM PST
New York City-area transit systems are expected to see a big increase in security dollars from the Department of Homeland Security, while the area's port security grants will increase slightly. Congressional aides told The Associated Press on Thursday that transit systems in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will receive $151.2 million in new grant money.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is expected to make a formal announcement on Friday. A DHS official did not immediately return a call for comment.

Since the 2001 Sept. 11 attacks, the amount of federal dollars for the security of New York and its surrounding suburbs has been a sensitive issue, sparking occasional fights between the Bush administration and area lawmakers.