DeKalb to request $3 million in grants for new public transit facility

By Northern Star staff

The city and county of DeKalb will ask the Illinois Department of Transportation for monetary assistance to build a new public transit facility.

City Council voted to submit an application requesting $3 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation for the initial development of a new transit facility Monday at a City Council meeting. DeKalb County will submit an application for $550,000 for the same project.

Tom Zucker, executive director of the Voluntary Action Center, said the current public transit facility is 27 years old and incapable of growth for demand.

“The site originally designed to accommodate approximately 25 transit vehicles cannot accommodate the current fleet of 41 vehicles,” Zucker said.