Transport Macoupin obtains financing for a dispatch building

The US Central Port District of Granite City received nearly $21 million in state funding for three projects that include Macoupin County Transportation Services.

Governor JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced an additional $108.3 million for Illinois public ports.

Port Central America will receive $13 million from the state for sediment reduction in the Port of Madison, as well as $5.5 million for port call center and truck staging facilities.

In addition, the site will receive $2.3 million for the Hill Storage Track and other port track improvements. Another local funding of $125,000 is also provided for the project.

Pritzker also announced that $111.4 million was awarded to transit providers, such as Madison County Transit and Macoupin County.

Pritzker said the funding is part of Rebuild Illinois’ vision approved three years ago.

“Our vision was not just to upgrade highways, railroads and bridges,” he said. “We saw an opportunity to connect jobs and economic development to communities across the state through all modes of transportation.

“Today we are launching funding to support ports in Illinois as well as more than three dozen transit systems outside of Chicago,” he said.

MCT will receive $3.25 million for a park and ride facility in Collinsville, as well as $3.1 million for Phase 3 of base improvements in Pontoon Beach. Macoupin County will receive $575,821 for a dispatch building in Carlinville.

In East St. Louis, the St. Clair County Transit District’s Emerson Park Operational Control Center will receive $9.9 million for a new building to house county sheriff’s deputies, a center transit screening, 911 dispatch and a pilot program to help passengers with mental health issues. problems and homelessness.

“These awards to our ports and transit systems will only reinforce our status as a multimodal transportation hub in North America,” said Illinois Secretary of Transportation Omer Osman.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no road system, mass transit system, waterway system, aviation system, etc.,” he said. “We are all part of an interconnected transportation system that is only as good as its individual parts.”

Osman said the state is making infrastructure investments that will keep Illinois “the nation’s transportation hub” for future generations.

America’s Central Port was established in 1959 by the state to develop multimodal transportation, create opportunities for business expansion, and facilitate and help create jobs in the southwestern Illinois region. The 1,200 acre site is the third largest inland port in the country.

The port has an annual economic impact of $282 million for the region, adding $2.5 million per year in property tax relief. It offers rail, river and road access. America’s Central Port owns and operates 1.9 million square feet of warehouse space, with more than 70 tenant tenants in the district.

“I applaud the steps Illinois continues to take to invest in safe and reliable transportation. It’s critical to get us back on track and help our local economy recover from the ongoing pandemic,” said said Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Swansea.

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