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September 25, 2009

Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Federal Grant for a Greener Illinois
7 Illinois Communities to Receive Funding for New Buses

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today that 31 paratransit buses in seven transit agencies across the state will be replaced with hybrid-electric buses to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in Illinois. 

“We are moving in the right direction to become a greener Illinois,” said Secretary Hannig.  “This $4 million boost not only reduces harmful exhaust emissions, but also creates jobs and helps build a stronger economy.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation was awarded a $4 million grant this week, after submitting an application in May, from the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas & Energy Reduction (TIGGER) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  The program makes $100 million available through competitive grants nationwide.

In Illinois, the funding will reduce fuel usage by a total of 100,000 gallons, reduce greenhouse emissions by a total of 871 metric tons, create and sustain 24 full-time domestic manufacturing jobs and support new opportunities for job training.

“After a very competitive process, we are very fortunate to be among the recipients of these recovery funds,” said Gene Marks, Deputy Director, IDOT Division of Transportation & Intermodal Transportation.  “We will continue to do our part to protect the environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil in Illinois.”

Paratransit buses are typically used to transport elderly and disabled citizens.  A hybrid bus is one that uses two energy sources to propel the vehicle.

The 31 hybrid buses will be distributed to seven Illinois agencies, which include Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, PACE Suburban Bus, Rockford Mass Transit District, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), Springfield Mass Transit District and St. Clair County Transit District.

The list of grant recipients follows:

Mass Transit District
# of Hybrid Vehicles
Total Cost Est.Vehicles
Misc Hardware Costs
Total Amount
Champaign Urbana
Rockford Mass Transit Dist.
St. Clair County Mass Transit
Springfield Mass Transit
Rock Island Metrolink
Bloomington Normal
Total Grant


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