CityLink Receives $2.3 Million Grant from FTA
The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) received a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), as part of the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) made the official announcement. CityLink plans to use these funds for the purchase of two battery-electric buses and a charging station.
“We are very excited to have been selected as a recipient of the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. Electric buses will be a great addition to our aging fleet, and with technology changing rapidly in the bus industry, this will help us stay current with the trends in the industry,” said CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs. “Adding electric buses to our fleet will also help us continue our mission of being an environmentally conscious transportation agency.”
The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.
CityLink currently has a total of 53 buses in its active fixed route fleet, including four diesel-electric hybrid buses that were received in 2016 and 2017. All CityLink buses are Tier 4 Emission Certified with Cummins Engines, which means they emit cleaner air than they take in.