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Passenger Link – July 2023

Peoria Zoo Free Entry Opportunity in August

CityLink and the Peoria Zoo are partnering for the month of August to offer a free entry opportunity for CityLink, CityLift, and CountyLink passengers who present a bus pass or ticket for one of these services. Passengers simply show their bus pass/ticket at the zoo’s admission desk to gain free general entry to the Peoria Zoo and its exhibits. One bus pass/ticket is required per adult. This free entry promotion does not include the costs for giraffe or budgie feedings.

Below is the list of accepted bus passes/tickets:

  • CityLink Day Pass – $3 per pass
    Offers unlimited fixed route rides for one complete service day
  • CityLink 30-Day Pass – $40 per pass
    Offers unlimited fixed route rides for 30 consecutive service days
  • CityLift Ticket – $2 per ticket
    Offers one ride on the paratransit service and this service requires eligibility to ride
  • CountyLink/CAUSE Ticket – $6 per ticket
    Offers one ride on the rural transportation service and this service requires that a trip begins or ends in the rural part of Peoria County

The Peoria Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last admission time at 4:30 p.m. For information on the zoo, please call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org.

There will be additional free entry opportunities for CityLink, CityLift, and CountyLink passengers at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in October and the Peoria Riverfront Museum in December. More information on these partnerships will be shared in the coming months.

The Peoria Zoo is located in Glen Oak Park at 2320 N. Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603. There is close access to Glen Oak Park and the Peoria Zoo on the #12 Heights CityLink fixed route. For questions regarding CityLink, CityLift or CountyLink services, please call 309-676-4040 or visit www.ridecitylink.org.

CityLink Hosting Job Fair on August 9

CityLink is hosting an in-person job fair for open positions at its administrative office (2105 NE Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61603) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2023. The job fair will offer an opportunity to learn about the current open positions available at CityLink, the long-term employment and growth that a professional career at CityLink provides and information on employee benefits. On-the-spot interview will be offered to qualified candidates.

Those interested in applying for a job at CityLink but unable to attend the in-person job fair are encouraged to apply online at www.ridecitylink.aaimtrack.com/jobs. Future job openings will be posted at this same web address. Applications for part-time bus operators are always accepted.

Qualified applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have excellent customer service skills.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Pass a pre-employment Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test and physical.
  • Complete and pass a 6-week training class.

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD) paratransit management contractor Transdev will be participating in this job fair with information on current open positions available for the CityLift and CountyLink transportation services. Transdev posts all employment opportunities on their website. Please visit Transdev Jobs at www.transdevna.jobs and search for “Peoria” to find current job openings.

Washington CityLift Extended for Ages 18 to 59

A new buss wrap on City Link bus 2245 celebrating Black culture and diversity in Peoria was unveiled on Juneteenth (June 19, 2023) at the Minority Business Development Center (2139 SW Adams St, Peoria, IL 61602). The bus wrap artwork was designed by local artist Brenda Pagan, in partnership with the Peoria Guild of Black Artists (PGOBA), and with the assistance of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois connected CityLink to the Peoria Guild of Black Artists, and a call for entry was placed for members of PGOBA to submit bus wrap designs for CityLink to review.

Three members of PGOBA submitted bus wrap design proposals for consideration, and ultimately Pagan’s design was selected as the winning proposal. CityLink plans for this wrap to remain on bus 2245 for the next 12 months, and the bus will circulate throughout its fixed route service area. More photos from the event are available on the CityLink Facebook page at www.facebook.com/citylinkpeoria.

Construction Project Visit from Councilman Andre Allen

Peoria City Councilman Andre Allen visited the CityLink construction site on May 31 to learn more about the project and the other exciting things CityLink has in the works. He was joined on the tour by General Manager Doug Roelfs, Assistant General Manager Nick Standefer, Director of Maintenance Steve Green, and representatives from River City Construction. Councilman Allen was recently appointed as the new council liaison for CityLink by City of Peoria Mayor Rita Ali. CityLink looks forward to Councilman Allen taking an active interest in the work being done to improve its facilities and fleet.

Updated photos are posted on the CityLink blog on a monthly basis. Visit the blog at www.ridecitylink.org/blog to see the latest updates on the construction project!

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