Illinois will get $493,325 from the federal government to improve access to local and affordable transportation for veterans and military families. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the grant as part of a $34.6 million program to help veterans and their families get to work, day care or the supermarket.
Illinois will receive $362,000 to create a transportation resource center website that will have information on transportation choices for veterans. It will include public buses and trains, dial-a-ride and ride-sharing programs and specialized transit. Another $131,000 grant will create a similar system for five existing transportation systems.
The system will be designed for families living in areas where long commutes are expensive and inconvenient. The centralized resource system will also have information on other community services.