Sen. Stadelman

ROCKFORD – Seniors and people living with disabilities will now have greater access to safe, reliable public transportation thanks to over $1 million supported by State Senator Steve Stadelman for nine new busses.

“Public transportation provides more than just rides – it provides opportunities,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “Strengthening our mass transit system will allow residents to access secure and reliable transportation options.”

The Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program offers safe, accessible and reliable transportation options in both small and large communities throughout the state. The vehicles will be delivered to public transportation providers and nonprofit organizations that serve seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that more than 500 paratransit vehicles valued at $57.1 million have been awarded to 113 transit providers.

As part of the Stadelman-backed Rebuild Illinois plan, three transit providers were awarded nine new vehicles:

  • Barbara Olson Center of Hope: $360,000 for three new vehicles
  • Rockford Mass Transit District: $600,000 for five new busses
  • Boone County in Belvidere: $120,000 for one new vehicle

“Barbara Olson Center of Hope has recently been awarded funding for three replacement vehicles through IDOT,” said Pamela Carey, executive director of the Barbara Olson Center of Hope. “This award helps in our ability to provide the mandated transportation services for Community Day Service Programs.”

To learn more about the Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program, click here.