$1.4 million in state funding for Springfield Transit District
The governor and the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the Sangamon Transit District will receive $1.4 million to fund portions of its ongoing transit hub project and a renovation of maintenance facilities.
The Springfield-Sangamon County Transportation Center will be located between 9th and 11th streets and is expected to cost $86 million in total. The center will bring together SMTD buses, Amtrak, intercity buses, paratransit vehicles and taxis in one place.
The new facility will be a place where passengers can transfer buses, buy tickets and connect to other forms of public transport. Recently, SMTD announced its intention to install murals on the building depicting historical figures.
Local transportation: Construction begins for $86 million Springfield-Sangamon County Transportation Center
The first phase of construction includes SMTD’s new transfer center and is expected to cost approximately $13 million. The $920,000 state grant for the project will cover the provision of the SMTD portion, new ticket machines and some other technology costs, according to SMTD chief executive Steve Schoeffel.
“We look forward to moving into the new facility at the end of the year,” Schoeffel said.
The state is also funding $500,000 of an approximately $1.2 million renovation of a maintenance building in the district’s main offices south of Ninth Street. The project consists of building a paint and body shop for SMTD’s fleet of vehicles.
SMTD is currently contracting with a local company to carry out paint and body work. The new facility will be staffed with SMTD employees.
Schoeffel added that the new maintenance facility will include solar panels to offset some or all of the electricity costs to run the store and that it will be able to perform maintenance work for other government agencies.
Although the workshop will require additional staff, Schoeffel anticipates that being able to do the work in-house will pay off for the district.
SMTD is one of 37 downstate transit systems receiving $111.4 million in the recently announced round of grants. Other projects include $8 million for electric buses in Bloomington-Normal, $3.76 million for hybrid buses and a new bus port in Decatur, and $576,000 for a new building in Macoupin County. .
“We saw an opportunity to connect jobs and economic development to communities across the state via all modes of transportation,” Pritzker said at an announcement event Wednesday in St. Clair County.
The funding is part of Rebuild Illinois, a $45 billion infrastructure package passed in 2019. In total, the state announced $451.4 million in grants to ports and transit systems since the adoption of the package.
Rebuild Illinois also includes funding for road and bridge projects and upgrading state facilities.
This article originally appeared on State Journal-Register: Illinois awards SMTD $1.4 million in funding for transit center and upgrades