Caulkins: Decatur to receive state funds to improve public transportation system

State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) announced the City of Decatur will be receiving $1.1 million as part of the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program for improvements to the city’s public transportation system.

“The additional funding provided by the state will help Decatur’s public transportation make bus stops accessible to every passenger,” said Rep. Caulkins. “Residents rely on public transit for their essential travel to work, school, the grocery store, and for their health care needs. These much needed improvements will prove beneficial to all passengers in the city.”

Improvements for the Decatur Public Transit System include:

  • Purchase fare box system to replace existing one.
  • Purchase heavy-duty work truck to replace 2001 truck. The new vehicle will be utilized for snow removal and salt spreading during winter.
  • Purchase and install tire lift system, which will help prevent employees from potential injury when lifting tires onto storage racks.
  • Repair and resurface parking lot at 555 E. Wood St.
  • Improve HVAC system by repairing and replacing heating and cooling systems for all transit facilities. The improvements will provide better air quality and control for all facilities in a more energy efficient manner.
  • Construct bus stop accessibility improvements by repairing sidewalks and ramps to all bus stop locations. The improvements are needed for all stops so that they become accessible to all passengers.