Sen. HastingsSPRINGFIELD – Two transit providers in Orland Park and Tinley Park were awarded more than half a million dollars to offer safe, reliable and accessible transportation options, thanks to State Senator Michael E. Hastings.

“These vital tax dollars will be used to support our most vulnerable populations and allow them to lead independent lives,” said Hastings (D-Frankfort). “Both of these organizations empower and serve those living with development and intellectual disabilities by providing them resources to help them reach their greatest potential.”

Through the Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 500 paratransit vehicles valued at $57.1 million have been awarded to 113 transit providers. The vehicles will be delivered to public transportation providers as well as nonprofit organizations serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.

CTF Illinois and St. Coletta’s of Illinois, Inc. will receive a total of five vehicles with $585,000 in monetary grants to help transport participants of their programs. The program helps smaller transit agencies navigate the red tape of the public bidding process while ensuring their vehicles meet federal requirements and specifications.

“CTF Illinois and St. Coletta’s of Illinois are working around the clock to support and uplift area residents,” said Hastings. “We need to continue to look for ways to invest in life-changing service programs that recognize the value that all residents bring to our communities.”

A full list of awardees can be found here.