More federal security money for NYC-area transit

February 1, 2008 6:35:54 AM PST
New York City-area transit systems are expected to see a big increase in security dollars from the federal Homeland Security Department.Congressional aides told The Associated Press yesterday that transit systems in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will receive $151.2 million in new grant money. That's a more than 50 percent increase from last year's figure of $98 million.

In port grants, the region will receive $43 million, up a bit from the $42 million it received the previous year.

A separate, larger, anti-terror grant program for cities will also see significant changes.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is expected to make a formal announcement today, when he appears at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.