WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL), announced today that Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District will receive $1,986,500 in grant funding for the construction of a new Channel Cat Passenger Ferryboat Terminal in Moline. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Passenger Ferryboat Discretionary Fund program.
“I’m pleased that this funding will help Rock Island County build a new and improved ferryboat terminal. The Channel Cat serves so many riders in Illinois and this federal investment ensures it can continue to do that for years to come,” Durbin said. “I will continue fighting for investments in our transportation infrastructure that revitalizes communities, improves safety, and spurs economic growth.”
“Investments like these will help ensure safer and more reliable transportation for riders in the Quad Cities while creating jobs and supporting the local economy,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to advocate for infrastructure improvements and I’ll continue working with Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Bustos to ensure that our communities receive the funding they deserve.”
“Investments in our infrastructure lead to new jobs and better economic opportunities for our region which is why I am so pleased to help announce funding for a new Channel Cat Passenger Ferryboat Terminal in Moline,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “By continuing to work with Senators Durbin and Duckworth to ensure our fair share of federal funding, we’re building a brighter economic future for the hardworking families who make Illinois a great place to live and work.”
Today’s grant will be used to create a new terminal that can better serve passengers by improving capacity for ferryboat vessels, enhancing ADA accessibility, increasing safety and security, and providing improved rider amenities.