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Macomb transit to receive upgrades

WGEM News at Six
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 6:05 PM CST
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MACOMB (WGEM) - Macomb area residents should soon see an improved transit experience due to funding from the state.

The city received nearly $300,000 in grant funding through the Rebuild Illinois Program.

Around $67,000 of that funding will be used to upgrade administrative IT functions. They will also be adding security and safety cameras and equipment to the transit facility.

The rest of the funding will be used to add bus pads and half a dozen new bus shelters.

“We have riders that are standing out in the elements, so part of our request for this funding was to allow us to design, and eventually build shelters, bus shelters, bus stops,” said Mayor Michael J. Inman.

Inman said they are targeting the routes that have the most ridership, and they plan to make all of the new stops ADA compliant.

In addition to the grant funding, Inman said a local nonprofit also donated $10,000 to help build an additional bus shelter.

He said the engineering and designing will take time, and there are concerns about the supply chain issues happening across the nation. However, he hopes to begin the process soon.

“We want to get the preliminary design work done quickly, if there’s additional property access we need from adjacent property owners, we can get those in place. And hopefully we will be ready to go by late Spring or early Summer,” said Inman.

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