September 21, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $4.5 Million to Modernize Decatur’s Bus Fleet


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the City of Decatur will receive $4,662,000 in federal funding to help the Decatur Public Transit System (DPTS) replace 18 aging buses and improve its current level of service. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.

“Hardworking Illinoisans all across our state rely on our transit systems to commute to work, get to school and so much more,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to be working with Senator Durbin to secure investments in our infrastructure that help communities like Decatur make transportation safer, more reliable and more accessible.”

“Public transportation is vital to connecting people to jobs, education, and recreational activities,” Durbin said “The funding announced today will not only create a better experience for people who rely on Decatur’s bus fleet, it is also a strategic investment in the city’s economy.”

“We are extremely thankful to Senator Duckworth and Senator Durbin for their commitment to the Decatur community’s transportation needs through support of the city’s grant application,” said Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. “The Decatur Public Transit System represents the first and, in some cases, the only transportation option for thousands of Decatur residents. This grant will help us to support this valued resource for years to come through the replacement of 18 aging buses with modern units that are more representative of the type of transportation our residents deserve.”