Durbin & Bustos Announce Nearly $400,000 in Department of Transportation Funding for Rock Island County’s MetroLINK

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Senator Dick Durbin announced $391,000 in federal funding for the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK). This funding will be used to replace diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which are more sustainable and energy efficient. In March, Congresswoman Bustos toured MetroLINK to learn more about their self-sufficient maintenance facility and to discuss future federal grant and funding opportunities.

“As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I know how important it is to invest in our infrastructure to create good-paying jobs and grow our local economy,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Senator Durbin and I are proud to announce this federal investment in MetroLINK that will allow them to use high quality, energy efficient buses while improving the experiences for people here in the Quad-Cities.”

This infusion of federal funds is a win for residents of the Quad-Cities. New buses will not only improve fuel economy, creating significant cost savings for MetroLINK, but they will also improve air quality,” said Senator Durbin. “I will continue working alongside Representative Bustos to bring greater federal investment in our state’s transportation systems.