To provide safe, reliable public transportation to residents across the Metro East, state Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced a $15.2 million state grant for Madison County Transit to construct a new administrative building and make other helpful upgrades for riders.
“Many residents depend on public transportation for access to health care, work and school, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other necessary travel,” Crowe said. “By investing in upgrades for MCT, we are making sure our transportation services keep up with the needs of the Metro East community.”
As part of the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program, MCT was awarded a grant totaling $15,251,000 to design and construct a new administrative building, as well as make security improvements at the Transit Operations Center.
To upgrade MCT’s existing communications infrastructure, the grant will also be used to purchase new transit communication technology to improve its ability to prepare for increased real-time data transmission and retention. This upgrade includes installing screens on fixed-route buses and at transit stations to provide passengers with real-time information about MCT services.
MCT was awarded funding in the first round of Rebuild Illinois grants, which will be distributed in three cycles totaling $355 million to transit providers outside the Chicagoland area.
“The state’s capital plan strategically invests in critical areas,” Crowe said. “By prioritizing downstate projects, Illinois is supporting working families, seniors and students in all corners of the state.”
For MCT’s transit schedule, visit www.mct.org.
"Due to decades of underinvestment by previous administrations, roads, bridges, and transit systems across the state, especially in downstate Illinois, are in desperate need of repair," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. "During my first year in office, I worked with state representatives and senators from both sides of the aisle to create the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan — the largest infrastructure investment in our state's history. Over the next five years, downstate communities will receive $121 million to improve and expand transit services— that's on top of the work that's already been done in Year One, which delivered $2.7 billion in improvements to over 1,700 miles of highway and over 120 bridges statewide. These projects will improve the quality of life for downstate residents and provide good jobs to grow our economy in every region."
A complete list of local providers and awards can be viewed at https://idot.click/rbi-capital-plan-transit-grants.
Projects include the purchase of new vehicles as well as the construction of new bus shelters, stations and maintenance facilities.
"Transit in our downstate communities can be a lifeline for getting to work or school, a doctor's appointment or a trip to the grocery store," said Acting Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said. "This funding through Rebuild Illinois means these providers finally will have the resources they need to improve service in communities that have not seen this type of investment for many years."
Rebuild Illinois identifies a total of $4.5 billion — $3 billion in bonding and $1.5 billion in new pay-as-you-go funding — to invest in transit throughout the state. The announcement is the first installment of $355 million being distributed via grants in three cycles to transit providers outside the Chicago area. The remaining funds will be distributed in two more distributions, with the next call for proposals in 2021 and 2023.
Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state's aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first one that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.