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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is seeking $600 million in federal transportation funding to help pay for more weather-resilient Metro-North Railroad projects that will survive fierce storms.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday the state will match federal money with $200 million. Projects call for improving and replacing equipment and public works along the New Haven line.

Congress and the Obama administration made $3 billion available for 11 states affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Connecticut is applying for $603 million for the New Haven Line, which is owned by the state Department of Transportation and operated by Metro-North.

The state is requesting $349 million to help cover the cost of a bridge replacement project in Norwalk and $245 million to replace communications and signaling along the Connecticut section of the New Haven Line.

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