In order to access 5311 transportation funding from the Illinois
Department of Transportation, the counties are working to complete a
five-phase primer process with the Rural Transportation Assistance
Center. A Transportation Partnership Group was created, and the
committee has successfully assessed and proven a local need for
public transportation. After asking for support from local players,
the group is now analyzing the current transportation being provided
in the area and identifying any duplication and how a system will
look in the counties.
"This process has been slow, but at each
stage we are learning more about what will truly work best for our
counties. It is important that we have taken the time to
systematically invite all stakeholders to the table, identify the
needs of the community and identify the resources we have available.
It's an exciting time at this stage. We are now discussing what the
system will look like for the average person who needs a ride to a
medical appointment, work or to go shopping," said Angela
Stoltzenburg. She is the executive director of Community Action
Partnership of Central Illinois and has been working with the group
as team leader.
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Once a transportation system is established, it is the county boards
of Logan, Mason and Menard who will obtain the IDOT grant and
establish providers and operators for the system.
The next meeting for a group working on contract development is
scheduled for Sept. 2. For more information, contact Stoltzenburg at
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of