Durbin Announces More than $11.1 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Illinois Transit

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that several Illinois transit projects have been awarded funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  This announcement is part of more than $600 million in formula-based Recovery Act funding distributed to almost 200 transit agencies and municipalities by the Department of Transportation to modernize and continue operations, as well as create green jobs.


  • Illinois Department of Transportation, Statewide: $9,725,615 in funding for rural transit improvement projects. This funding will be used with previously-awarded Recovery Act funds to expand a transit facility in Coles county, build new transit facilities in Bond county, Macomb, and Galesburg, as well as several other projects in downstate Illinois.
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Champaign-Urbana: $1,250,493 in funding to replace the existing conventional Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system with an efficient geothermal HVAC system.  Geothermal HVAC systems are highly effective systems with improved efficiencies over conventional systems due to the heat exchange process with an underground source that maintains near constant temperatures.
  • Regional Transport Authority, Chicago: $122,165 in funding to continue bridge reconstruction and rehabilitation along the Union Pacific North Line.
  • City of DeKalb, DeKalb: $5,063 in funding to purchase a new radio system for the city’s transit fleet.