Paratransit vehicle grants available through IDOT
vehicle grants available through IDOT
Department of Transportation announced today that applications are now being
accepted for grants to provide public transportation providers with
paratransit vehicles. Municipalities and local governments, as well as
nonprofit agencies providing specialized transportation to seniors or
individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
transportation is an essential service throughout the state in rural,
suburban and urban communities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer
Osman. “These grants – and the paratransit vehicles they provide – are an
important part of our continued efforts to ensure everyone has safe,
equitable access to the transportation they depend on.”
The deadline to
apply is May 2.
Consolidated Vehicle Procurement program, IDOT purchases accessible
paratransit vehicles on behalf of eligible recipients using various federal
funding sources. Applications should be submitted online through IDOT’s
transit grant management system at ildot.blackcattransit.com.
from agencies that receive Section 5307 or Section 5311 funds for operation
of public transportation will be approved as long as the information
submitted is complete and accurate. Vehicles will be awarded equitably among
evaluate all other applications based on the following criteria:
of existing service.
utilization (vehicle miles traveled or number of one-way trips per day).
maintenance (maintenance policy, preventive maintenance, vehicle files)
capacity (driver training policy, recordkeeping).
efforts (notification to other transportation providers, participation in
local public transit, human service transportation efforts).
Awards will be
announced this summer.