ParatransitKANKAKEE – Three transit providers in the Kankakee area were awarded more than $1.6 million to offer safe, reliable and accessible transportation options, thanks to support from State Senator Patrick Joyce.

“Seniors and individuals with disabilities often face challenges in accessing transportation assistance that meet their needs,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “The funding for these new vehicles will go a long way in ensuring we are expanding transportation options that will provide better accessibility for these populations.”

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.

The program helps smaller transit agencies navigate the red tape of the public bidding process while ensuring their vehicles meet federal requirements and specifications.

Transit providers in Joyce’s district set to receive funding include:

  • River Valley Metro Mass Transit: $1,392,000
  • Kankakee County: $172,000
  • Thresholds: $115,000

A full list of awardees can be found here.