Obama administration directs post-Sandy transportation assistance to NY, RI

LaHood said $10 million of the money will go to New York, where transportation officials said the city's subway system has never faced a challenge greater than Sandy in 108 years of operations. The remaining $3 million will go to Rhode Island.

LaHood said the money was "just a down payment on our commitment to all of the states affected by Sandy." He added that "we expect other states to apply for additional emergency relief funding in the coming days."

"All of these actions are just the beginning of our efforts to help those affected by Sandy," LaHood said. "This storm has been heartbreaking for many, and — in addition to sending our hopes, prayers and sympathy to those enduring the storm's devastation — we're taking every step we can to make sure our assistance gets where it's needed as quickly as possible."