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August 13, 2022

RIDES Mass Transit District recipient of $9.825 Million Grant –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On November 13, 2020

Harrisburg, IL. (ECWd) –

RIDES Mass Transit District is the recipient of a $9,825,000 grant as part of the Rebuild Illinois Statewide Transit Capital Program.

RIDES-MTD indicated the funds would be used for:

• Upgrade all information technology items to replace existing end-of-life hardware and software
items and include new remote capability technologies.
• Construct a new or purchase and remodel an existing multiuse vehicle storage maintenance
and dispatch facility in Wayne County. A new or remodeled facility will save $45,000 in annual
lease expenses and a more efficient facility will generate additional operating savings.
• Construct an operations and maintenance facility of 10,000 square feet in Olney, Illinois. The
facility will replace an existing leased facility that no longer meets service requirements.
• Construct a storage/maintenance facility of 15,000 square feet in Carbondale, Illinois. The
proposed facility will support fixed-route and paratransit operations throughout the Carbondale
urbanized area.
• Purchase heavy-duty bus and maintenance equipment, mobile lifts, bus and bus facility video
systems. The benefits derived from the above equipment will have a positive impact on the
transit system to operate reliably and safely.
• Purchase bus shelters and route supervisor minivans for the district’s urbanized area. The
shelters will provide protection to the riders from the elements. The minivans and operators will
ensure fixed routes are operating properly and on time.
• Apportioned amount is $9,825,000.

See all recipients (here).

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