August 11, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce $10 Million for Public Transportation Improvement in Peoria


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today announced $10 million in federal funding awarded to Greater Peoria Mass Transit (CityLink) to replace and rehabilitate buses and 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 Peoria-area residents have reliable and safe transportation options to get them where they need to go. I will continue working with Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Bustos 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 CityLink, it is also an investment in Peoria’s economy. Senator Duckworth, Congresswoman Bustos, and I will continue working to bring these federal investments to Illinois.”

“I’m pleased to join Senators Durbin and Duckworth today to announce this investment in Peoria’s transportation infrastructure,” Bustos said. “These federal dollars will help update buses, equipment and facilities to improve the experience of riders. I’ll continue to work to strengthen our infrastructure and invest in our communities.”

This award will help fund a proposed new maintenance and operations facility, which would include space for the installation of an automatic vehicle location system, support for the expansion of a new zero emissions fleet and related charging stations.