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SECRETARY PENA ANNOUNCES $47.8 MILLION IN ASSISTANCE FOR ILLINOIS TRANSIT PROGRAMS

 WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Transit programs throughout Illinois, from Chicago and its suburbs to the state's rural areas, got good news today when Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) intends to award $47.8 million in assistance to transit programs statewide.
 The funds are part of 279 grants totaling $627.4 million in FTA assistance for public transit in 49 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
 The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will receive the two largest of the state's FTA grants. One in the amount of $18.3 million will help pay for 100 replacement buses, the design of a program to demonstrate the use of clean-burning alternative fuel in transit buses, and the promotion of new service on the Southwest Rapid Transit line.
 A second grant will provide CTA with $7.9 million in capital funds for the rehabilitation of elevated rail structures at various locations.
 "This administration is committed to supporting our nation's public transit programs," Pena said. "Clean, safe and efficient public transportation is a lifeline that connects working men and women to meaningful job opportunities, brings customers to large and small businesses and provides access to those with special needs."
 The Commuter Rail Division of the Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will receive an FTA grant of $9.7 million in capital assistance for the construction and rehabilitation of commuter parking facilities, station construction, track improvements, engineering and rehabilitation of rolling stock.
 A grant of $3.3 million to the RTA's Suburban Bus Division will include operating assistance and capital funding for the purchase of 14 replacement buses, the construction of transfer facilities and bus stop improvements.
 The city of Chicago will receive a grant of $595,000 to support construction management oversight services, as well as the purchase of additional signage, and electrical and communication equipment.
 Two grants will go to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The first, for $4 million, will provide operating assistance for public transit in the state's rural areas and training funds for those programs. FTA will also award a technical studies grant of $2.6 million for IDOT's statewide transit planning and operations.
 The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District will receive a grant of $317,520 for the purchase of up to seven paratransit vehicles. A grant of $755,106 to the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District will help pay both operating and capital costs.
 The FTA is an agency of the Department of Transportation.
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 /CONTACT: Gail Williams of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-4043/


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