Federal grant awarded to improve access to transit in southern Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation on June 18 announced it has been awarded $1.8 million from the Federal Transit Administration to launch a pilot program in southern Illinois with the goal of improving access to public transportation for people with disabilities, older adults and those with low incomes.

The grant, administered through the federal Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program, will support efforts to integrate trip scheduling and fare collection across 20 counties served by Shawnee Mass Transit District, Rides Mass Transit District, South Central Mass Transit and Monroe Randolph Transit District.

For more on the grant, please see this week’s print edition.