CityLink Receives $10 Million Grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
CityLink received a $10 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), for the construction of a new bus maintenance and operations facilities. This grant is part of the FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, which makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.
“We are grateful to receive additional funding support from the FTA for the construction of maintenance and operations facilities. This has been an ongoing project for us the past two years that is long overdue for our transit agency. The rebuild and renovation of our facilities will greatly improve the safety, compliance and overall efficiency for our fleet of buses,” said CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs.
CityLink’s current maintenance facility was built in 1978, and according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), it is the oldest bus maintenance facility in the State of Illinois. This funding is in addition to a $3.6 million grant CityLink received from the FTA in 2018 as part of the Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. In the past two years, CityLink has secured $20 million of the estimated $30 million needed to complete this project. CityLink is exploring funding opportunities for the additional $10 million needed to fund the project.
CityLink plans to rebuild and renovate facilities at the site of its current bus maintenance and operations facilities, located at 2105 NE Jefferson Ave. CityLink awarded a contract to Muller & Muller in January 2020 for the planning and design of these facilities. The construction of this project is expected to begin in spring/summer 2021.