By Keith Laing - 05/28/13 06:53 PM EDT
The DOT announced last week that it was providing $2.4 billion to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, the New York City Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for repairs, and another $1.3 billion to increase the systems' ability to withstand future storms.
The agency said the money would come from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Emergency Relief Program.
Obama traveled to Asbury Park, N.J., on Monday to follow up on recovery efforts from the massive storm that damaged several northeastern public transportation systems in October 2012.
He said that he was visiting the area "to make sure everybody understands that, because for somebody who hasn't seen their home rebuilt yet or is still trying to get their business up and running again after all those losses, we don't want them to think that somehow we checked the box and we've moved on.
"That's part of the reason I came back, to let people know we're going to keep on going until we finish," Obama said.
Obama added that the tourists who visited New Jersey beaches over the Memorial Day holiday weekend proved the state's coast would eventual fully recover from the 2012 storm.
"From Sea Bright to Bay Head, from Del Mar to Seaside Heights, folks were hanging out on balconies and beaches," Obama said. "Shows were sold out at the Stone Pony. Kids were eating ice cream, going on rides, going eating some more ice cream. Guys were trying to win those big stuffed animals to impress the special girl.
"So, like I said, the — the Jersey shore is back in business," Obama concluded.