PEORIA – Two transit providers in Peoria were awarded more than $740,000 for accessible transportation in the Peoria area, thanks to the support of State Senator Dave Koehler.

“Investing in our local transportation system provides a pathway to employment opportunities and access to education,” said Koehler (D – Peoria). “With this funding, we are giving our residents a public transportation system that they deserve and connecting them to the greater Peoria area.”

Through the Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 500 paratransit vehicles valued at $57.1 million have been awarded to 113 transit providers. The vehicles will be delivered to public transportation providers as well as nonprofit organizations serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.

EPIC and Greater Peoria Mass Transit are set to receive seven vehicles, totaling more than $740,000. The program helps smaller transit agencies navigate the red tape of the public bidding process while ensuring their vehicles meet federal requirements and specifications.

A full list of awardees can be found here.