Public Transportation Providers

IDOT aims to enhance Illinois’ transportation network by providing technical assistance and financial resources to public transportation providers and rail operators. Our goal is to provide mobility options which support an interconnected transportation network that provides for the efficient movement of people and goods throughout the state.

Operating

Federal Operating Assistance Program (Section 5311)

By legislation (30 ILCS 740/2) IDOT is empowered to receive these federal funds and make operating assistance grants to eligible participants for general public transportation service in rural and small urban areas (population <50,000).  The program is administered by the IDOT’s DPIT who is responsible for applying for and receiving the federal funds reviewing grant applications, executing grant agreements, paying requisitions, monitoring the eligibility of incurred expenses by the participants, and ensuring grantee compliance with federal and state program regulations

Eligibility Requirements

Forms

Technical Assistance Information

State/Northeastern Illinois Operating Assistance Program

Operating assistance in northeastern Illinois is comprised of the following state programs:

Eligibility Requirements

Forms

  • SCIP I and II Operating Assistance Application
  • Reduced Fare Program applications for qualified persons can be accessed on the RTA website
  • Requisition for payment

Technical Assistance Information

State/Downstate Operating Assistance Program (DOAP)

The Downstate Public Transportation Act, referred to as the Downstate Operating Assistance Program (DOAP), was established by the Illinois General Assembly to provide operating funds to assist in the development and operation of public transportation services statewide.  Currently, DOAP pays up to 65% of eligible expenses and each eligible participant receives an annual appropriation from the general assembly.  The program is administered by IDOT’s Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation who is responsible for reviewing grant applications, executing grant agreements, paying requisitions, monitoring the eligibility of incurred expenses by the participants, and ensuring grantee compliance with federal and state program regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Forms

Technical Assistance Information

Capital

Capital Assistance Programs

By legislation (20 ILCS 2705) IDOT is empowered to make grants to municipalities, districts, and carriers for the “acquisition, construction, extension, reconstruction an improvement of mass transportation facilities.” While IDOT does not own or operate any public transit equipment, it does provide funds to local transit providers for a variety of capital projects including land acquisition, design, facility construction, and the purchase of rolling stock, ITS software and hardware and office and maintenance equipment. Funding is provided through an array of federal and state initiatives. The program is administered by IDOT’s Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation who is responsible for reviewing grant applications, executing grant agreements, paying requisitions, and monitoring the eligibility of incurred expenses by the participants.

Eligibility Requirements

Forms

Technical Assistance Information

Paratransit Vehicles

Federal Section 5310 & Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program (CVP)

Section 5310 of the Federal Transit Act declares it be the national policy that elderly persons and individuals with disabilities shall have the same right as other persons to utilize mass transportation facilities and services. The program funds are used to purchase small buses and vans, that are American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and lift or ramp equipped, for agencies that serve the transportation needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities through IDOT’s Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program (CVP). The program is administered by DPIT who is responsible for applying for and receiving the federal funds, reviewing grant applications, executing grant agreements, ensuring grantee compliance with federal and state program regulations, developing vehicle specifications, procurement of the vehicles, and paying vendor requisitions. 

Eligibility Requirements

Forms

  • DPIT 5310-300: Section 5310 Grant Application Administration and Proejct Eligibility Review
  • DPIT CVP 01: Consolidated Vehicle Procurement 2016 Rolling Stock Capital Assistance Application
  • DPIT CVP 02: CVP Application Submittal Checklist
  • DPIT CVP 04Appendix A FTA Fiscal Year 2016 Certifications and Assurances
  • DPIT CVP 05: Appendix B Public Hearing Notice
  • DPIT CVP 06: Appendix C Opinion of Counsel
  • DPIT CVP 07: Appendix D Governing Board Resolution
  • DPIT CVP 08: Illinois Public Transit Systems Maps
  • DPIT CVP 09: Appendix F Scoring Criteria
  • DPIT CVP 10: Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Catalog
  • DPIT CVP 11: Appendix E MPO (Urbanized) Contacts

Technical Assistance Information

Technical Studies

IDOT seeks to provide hands-on planning and financial help for grantees who are looking to resolve some of their public transportation and/or intermodal problems.  Public transit problems can run the gamut from reorganization of bus operations to transit-oriented development to development of specialized transit services for elderly people or people with disabilities. Intermodal issues can include the development of smart corridors or the analysis of freight traffic flows, to the development of truck parking at existing and new industrial parks.  We enjoy talking over ideas with potential applicants and welcome inquiries!

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are authorities of the State of Illinois, metropolitan planning organizations, and local governmental authorities, including public transit agencies.

Requirements

Per 49 USC §5305, Technical studies cover the following types of studies:  “(A)  Studies related to management, planning, operations, capital requirements, and economic feasibility; (B)  Evaluation of previously financed projects; (C)  Peer reviews and exchanges of technical data, information, assistance, and related activities in support of planning and environmental analyses among metropolitan planning organizations and other transportation planners; and (D) Other similar and related activities preliminary to and in preparation for constructing, acquiring, or improving the operation of facilities and equipment.”

Forms

Technical Planning Study Reports

IDOT’s Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation funds and works with eligible Grantees on public transit and intermodal transportation planning studies. These studies cover a wide range of activities that are eligible under 49 USC §5305. They are designed to help Grantees make more informed choices when later seeking capital or operations funding.

The following studies help illustrate the variety of issues Grantees face. They include but are not limited to such issues as reorganizing existing bus operations; determining the physical, operational, and financial feasibility of rail line extensions; analyzing how elderly people make transit mode choices; and identifying major freight traffic flows within and through Northeastern Illinois.

Reporting

Federal Reporting

In order to ensure transparency and accountability, there are numerous federal and state reporting requirements. On the federal side this includes: annual program of projects status; annual and quarterly federal financial and milestone progress reports; disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) reports; national transit database reports; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) quarterly reports; and monthly Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) reports.  On the state side this includes the Grant Funds Recovery Act quarterly reports.

Forms

Technical Assistance Information

State Reporting

In order to ensure transparency and accountability, certain performance measures are reported each year by the public transportation providers statewide to IDOT’s Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation. These performance measures are then statistically analyzed to provide trend analysis, peer comparisons, as well as the level of public transportation provided and the customer’s utilization of this service.

Forms

Technical Assistance Information

Contact Us

Illinois Department of Transportation
Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation
Phone: (312) 793-2111
100 W. Randolph, Suite 6-600
Chicago, IL 60601 

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