CityLink Receives $5.3 Million Grant from IDOT as Part of the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program
The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) was awarded $5.3 million in grants 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. This grant money will be used towards the replacement of aging buses in the CityLink fixed route fleet.
“CityLink is pleased to receive $5.3 million in funding from IDOT through the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program. This funding will allow us to begin the process of replacing aging buses in our fixed route fleet. The majority of our current buses were purchased between 2011 and 2013, and many of them are reaching or exceeding their useful life expectancy. Our plan is to begin procuring the purchase of four to five new battery-electric buses with advanced technology and environmental benefits.”CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs.
CityLink’s current active fleet includes forty-four (44) Gillig 35-foot low-floor diesel-powered buses, four (4) New Flyer 40-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses and three (3) Proterra Catalyst® 35-foot battery-electric buses. The buses scheduled for replacement are the Gillig low-floor diesel-powered buses.