Bost, Shimkus, Davis Announce Madison County Transportation Grant
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12). John Shimkus (IL-15), and Rodney Davis (IL-13) announced that Madison County Transit (MCT) has been awarded a $12.5 million grant by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This funding, awarded through the CARES Act, will be used for operating expenses to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, Madison County Transit (MCT) is grateful to Congressmen Davis, Shimkus, and Bost as well as Senators Durbin and Duckworth, for working to secure critical CARES Act funding for MCT,” said SJ Morrison, MCT Interim Managing Director. “During these unprecedented times, with revenues down and expenses up, this funding will not only help us to protect the health and safety of our employees and passengers, it will provide the critical support needed to keep our transit services running and keep our region moving.”
“We supported the bipartisan CARES Act because it provided much-needed funding to ensure vital local services like transit continue safely and uninterrupted,” said Davis. “This grant will allow Madison County Transit to do just that. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue to advocate for transit funding for the Metro East and Illinois at-large.”
“Madison County has been one of the communities hit hardest by COVID-19 in Southern Illinois,” said Bost. “This funding will help Madison County Transit respond to the ongoing pandemic and keep both public transit employees and customers safe.”
“Essential workers rely on bus services in Madison County to get them to their jobs,” said Shimkus. “This funding from the Department of Transportation will help ensure their commutes and travels remain as safe and reliable as possible during these challenging times.”
Click here for more information about the FTA’s CARES Act funding.