The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for a competitive grant program that aims to expand safe, equitable access to public transportation throughout the state. Selected projects will feature transit opportunities while furthering the goals of IDOT’s Illinois Long-Range Transportation Plan.
The grants will fund studies on planning and preliminary engineering issues regarding public multimodal, intermodal and non-motorized transportation. Governmental entities such as counties, metropolitan planning agencies, municipalities, state agencies, public transit agencies and state universities are urged to apply.
The program has a total funding cap of $2.5 million, with awards averaging $200,000 and requiring a 20% non-federal match. Applicants can request IDOT provide this match, particularly if the study benefits a historically disadvantaged community.
An informational webinar to explain the grant program and provide assistance to prospective applicants will be held on April 18 at 10 a.m. via Webex at https://bit.ly/3zgbQ06. For additional details, visit 2023 IDOT Transit Planning NOFO.pdf.