August 11, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $8 Million for Public Transportation Improvement in Bloomington-Normal


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $8 million in federal funding awarded to Connect Transit in Bloomington-Normal to help improve transit facilities. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

“Public transit is a critical component of Illinois’s dynamic transportation system and a cornerstone of the regional economy,” said Duckworth. “Today’s funding will help make sure Bloomington-Normal-area residents have reliable and safe transportation options to get them where they need to go. I will continue working with Senator Durbin to secure federal resources for projects like these and other critical infrastructure projects across our state.”

“Investing in our public transportation infrastructure helps create jobs and improves the safety and efficiency of travel for Illinoisans,” Durbin said. “This federal funding will not only create a better experience for people who rely on Connect Transit, it is also an investment in Bloomington-Normal’s economy. Senator Duckworth and I will continue working to bring these federal investments to Illinois.”

This award will help fund Connect Transit’s new Downtown Transfer Center in Bloomington, which will reduce inefficiencies that limit the current transfer point and allow for increased routing efficiencies for maximized on-time performance.