Illinois DOT Announces $110m for Chicago-Area Transit Projects

The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for applicants for public transportation projects.

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July 5, 2021

Author : Patty Rodriguez

According to the press release published on Friday, the proposal period will end on August 31. The funding comes as part of the second of three grant cycles made possible by the Rebuild Illinois Transit Capital Grant Program.

“A cornerstone of our historic Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan is investing in transportation systems that bring communities closer together, and the Transit Capital Program is how we get there,” Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said

He continued: “For too long, downstate Illinois projects were neglected, but I’m committed to prioritizing good infrastructure in downstate communities. To date, we’ve funded over two dozen projects, like new buses in Jo Daviess and a public transportation hub in Bloomington, and I encourage municipalities to apply for a portion of the $110 million second round of grants. Together, we can build accessible local infrastructure, support this generation and the next, make sure we have good jobs and the roads to get there, and build an Illinois where opportunity is just around every corner – and thanks to Rebuild Illinois, we’re well on our way.” 

Through Rebuild Illinois grants, a total of $335 million will be awarded in competitive transit grants in the area outside of Chicago.

“Transit providers large and small fulfill an essential role in so many of our communities and play a vital part in the state’s overall multimodal transportation network,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said. “These grant opportunities through the governor’s capital program make sure we get them the resources they need to strengthen service and continue to grow.”

On July 14, the state will hold a webinar on the program and will review the application process for contractors. Awards will be announced in the fall.

In total, the Rebuild Illinois program will invest $33.3 billion in transportation throughout the state. It is the largest capital program in the state’s history and will fund many improvements across varying modes of transportation including roads, bridges, public transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.

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Category : Department of Transportation Investment in Infrastructure State Government

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