CityLink Receives $16.75 Million Grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation
CityLink was awarded a $16.75 million grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) as part of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois Capital Program, which provides capital grants to downstate public transit agencies. CityLink will be using the funds from this grant for the rebuild and renovation of its bus maintenance and operations facilities, purchasing equipment and making other improvements to the day-to-day operations of its public transportation system.
“CityLink is pleased to receive $16.75 million in funding from IDOT for our maintenance and operations facilities construction project. This additional funding will help to ensure that we are able to move forward with breaking ground for this project in 2021,” said CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs. “This funding will also provide us with the means to make improvements to the Downtown Peoria Transit Center, and to purchase other equipment that will improve the safety, compliance and overall efficiency of our operations and fleet of buses.
CityLink’s original maintenance facility was built in 1978, and according to IDOT, it is one of the oldest bus maintenance facility in the State of Illinois. This funding is in addition to a $10 million grant CityLink received from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) earlier this year as part of Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, and a $3.6 million grant CityLink received from the FTA in 2018, which also as part of the Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.
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.