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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

LaHood, Davis Announce $500,000 to Connect Transit for Better Bus Stop Campaign

November 21, 2019
Press Release

NORMAL, IL - Congressmen Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13)  announced today that Connect Transit was awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program for the Better Bus Stop Campaign.

This funding will allow Connect Transit to continue improving bus stop infrastructure through the Better Bus Stop Campaign. The Connect Transit Board of Trustees approved the Better Bus Stop Campaign in March 2018 and have improved 53 bus stops over the last 18 months

In June, Rep. LaHood wrote a letter on behalf of Connect Transit’s grant application. You can read that letter here.

“Connect Transit provides vital services in Bloomington-Normal, and this announcement is welcome news for the transportation system in McLean County. I was proud to work with my colleague Congressman Rodney Davis to advocate on behalf of Connect Transit to Secretary Chao for this funding. I’ll continue to work in Congress to bolster Illinois’ infrastructure, and look forward to seeing the great work Connect can do with this funding," said LaHood

“It is important that we have a safe, reliable public transit system. I'm proud to see Connect Transit receive these funds to continue their Better Bus Stop Campaign. I have seen the improved bus stops first hand and know they are improving rider safety. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue to be an advocate for projects that benefit the communities I serve," said Davis.

“I am grateful for Congressman Davis and Congressman LaHood’s continued support of public transit. Congressmen Davis and LaHood have been instrumental in helping Connect Transit secure federal grants to improve the infrastructure in the Bloomington-Normal community. This grant funding will allow Connect to continue our investment in bus stop infrastructure that improves the mobility of our customers who depend on Connect to get to education, work, and medical appointments,” said Isaac Thorne, General Manager, Connect Transit.