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Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program application period to open, more options for disadvantaged communities

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the application period for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program begins August 1. The funding cycle is the largest ever due to the passage of Gov. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois capital program and again dedicates resources to communities with the greatest needs.

“The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program gets resources into the hands of our local partners to improve quality of life in their communities and strengthen the state’s overall transportation system,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Under Gov. Pritzker, there is more opportunity than ever to get involved and deliver projects where they can do the most good.”

Thanks to Rebuild Illinois, an all-time high of $125 million is available. To ensure communities with the greatest needs can participate, at least 25% of funding will be set aside for disadvantaged and economically distressed communities.

Projects eligible for funding through ITEP include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work, and other improvements designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.

Applicants can include local governments and regional planning commissions. Nonprofit and private entities that apply must have a public sponsor. The maximum award is $3 million. For more information, including instructions on how to view and participate in webinars on the application process, visit the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program page.

Interested applicants can complete the online application beginning August 1. Applications, which include an online map and scoring system to determine local match requirements and identify high-need communities, must be received by September 30, 2022. Awards will be announced next year.

Passed in 2019, Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan is investing $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history but also the first one that touches all modes of Illinois transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

7/27/2022 3:29 PM (Updated 7/27/2022 3:47 PM)
Rebuild Illinois $52 Million Investment Improving Suburban Transit in Plainfield
State contribution of $52 million makes possible new Pace facility
 
PLAINFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the opening of Pace’s new maintenance and storage garage near the Plainfield Park-n-Ride, a project made possible through a $52 million investment through the governor’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
 
 “Our bipartisan Rebuild Illinois plan comes at a critical time for our growing Chicagoland region, and we’re making sure our infrastructure can meet the needs of everyone who lives, works, and plays here,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This funding for Pace is a $52 million investment in the future of Will County, ensuring that residents have accessible, reliable Pace service throughout the community and beyond.”
 
The state-of-the-art facility has capacity for 135 buses, which will allow for future growth in Pace’s operations in Will County. It also has 13 maintenance bays, allowing bus repairs and maintenance to be handled efficiently on site. Additionally, Pace is laying the groundwork for the future conversion to zero-emission buses – the facility includes an electric bus charger and a dual-port electric car charger.
 
“We owe much of our success with Pace’s Bus on Shoulder program to our state’s leaders, who were bold enough to try this idea back in 2011, make it permanent in 2014, and then, invest in modernizing the program’s infrastructure through Rebuild Illinois,” said Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski.
 
The facility will allow for the expansion of Pace’s Bus on Shoulder Express Service and create space for additional vehicles needed to operate the popular service, which takes commuters from various park-n-rides to downtown Chicago using the shoulder on I-55 to bypass congestion. Prior to the pandemic, ridership on the service grew more than 600% since the implementation of shoulder use began in 2011.
 
“This garage benefits the entire region,” said Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Kirk Dillard. “Bus on Shoulder passengers can transfer to Chicago Transit Authority and Metra to get from the southwest suburbs to virtually anywhere in Chicagoland.”
 
Passed in 2019, Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan is investing $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history but also the first one that touches all modes of Illinois transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
 
7/21/2022 3:25 PM (Updated 7/21/2022 3:25 PM)
Illinois Tollway SHARPENS Focus ON Technology Investments, Hires Chief Information Officer
As tolling industry leans increasingly on technology, Illinois Tollway looks to remain industry leader
 
Downers Grove, IL – In the wake of an industry-wide shift to cashless tolling, accelerated by the worldwide pandemic, the Illinois Tollway’s leaders are doubling down on efforts to support the agency’s diverse technology needs. The Tollway today added the first Tollway Chief Information Officer as it looks to consolidate, realign and invest in its IT workforce. 
 
“Since joining the Tollway, I’ve quickly learned that the Tollway’s business technology efforts are recognized throughout the industry; and our goal is to keep it that way,” said Board Chair Dorothy Abreu. “At this time, it’s critical we provide the leadership, focus, and resources to ensure these efforts meet our current needs and position us favorably moving forward.”
 
Poised to lead these efforts is Michael Shay, a 22-year veteran of Will County government with experience providing support to all aspects of the county’s 2,300 employees. Previously, he served as the Information & Communications Technology Director, a role included leading a 25-member team in support for all aspects of county government, including law enforcement, the judicial system, and county services, as well as the its real estate and financial systems. He also served as the chair of the Will County Emergency Telephone Systems Board which manages the technology needs of three 911 call centers.
 
“As the Tollway looks forward, Mike Shay’s charge will be not only be meeting the Tollway’s internal and immediate needs, but also to leverage his experience within the industry to garner external support and attention for the agency’s technology efforts,” Chair Abreu said. “Mike’s ability to envision, and subsequently craft, a solution in collaboration with our IT and leadership team will help move us forward as we see new technologies and needs emerge that can optimize the Tollway’s positioning and impact--a priority for not only myself, but our agency’s entire leadership team.”
 
“I’m excited to get to work for the Illinois Tollway, an organization I’ve long found to be an amazing partner to local government,” Shay said. “From back-end support for its workforce, to state-of-the-industry tolling systems, the Tollway’s technology is incredibly important to its own mission, as well as our region’s infrastructure, and I’m looking forward to helping the agency achieve its goals and continue to innovate.” 
 
Shay will be joining the Tollway’s current IT team led by Joe Kambich, an 11-year veteran of the organization. Under Kambich’s leadership, the Tollway has progressively adopted new employee-based support technologies, keeping its workforce on target.  Most notably, this included the agency’s quick transition to a remote workforce in March 2020, which happened alongside the Tollway’s pandemic-driven shift to cashless tolling. 
 
In addition, the agency’s IT department also quickly implemented systems to enable the Tollway’s remote call center, which not only restored the Tollway’s customer service capacity at the height of the pandemic, but also created opportunities for the agency’s toll collectors to undergo retraining and pivot to help support critical call center operations. Kambich plans to remain at the agency with a focus on the agency’s core IT support services, including networking and employee support, a need that’s grown exponentially in the wake of the pandemic. 
 
“Joe’s work has taken this agencies adaptability to a new level, perhaps best shown by his quick and effective response to the needs of a remote workforce with diverse requirements.” said Illinois Tollway Interim Executive Director Lanyea Griffin. “His work has, and will remain, a critical component of our success, and his skills working with those of the new CIO will help us lead the way for our users.”
 
“Looking ahead, not only relative to our technology platform, but also the critical work we lead through our Move Illinois program – we continue to press forward with our commitment toward transparency with integrity,” Chair Abreu said. “Our ability to realize our objectives continues to be dependent on the partners with which we work and rely upon. Transparency is not a catch-phrase, but actionable in how we seek to engage within our internal practices, with our business community, and are held accountable to these standards by our partners.”
 
7/21/2022 12:13 PM (Updated 7/21/2022 12:13 PM)
State EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan

Available for Review and Public Comment

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced a draft version of Indiana's Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Deployment Plan is available online for review and public comment.

The plan is required by National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in November 2021. Through the NEVI program, Indiana will receive significant federal formula funding over five years to support the construction and operation of Direct-Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations along alternative fuel corridors as designated by the Federal Highway Administration.

The intent of the NEVI program is to increase the availability of fast, reliable EV charging infrastructure across the country to reduce range anxiety and make EV ownership and operation more convenient.

Indiana's plan includes state agency coordination, public engagement, vision and goals, initial contracting and procurement guidance, existing and future conditions analysis, implementation considerations, cybersecurity planning, and civil rights and equity requirements.

The plan may be viewed online at https://www.in.gov/indot/current-programs/innovative-programs/electric-vehicle-charging-infrastructure-network/ under the "Draft Deployment Plan" tab. Written public comment on the plan can be submitted online through the "Public Comment Form" tab and will be accepted through August 20, 2022.

INDOT must submit the plan to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation for federal review by August 1, 2022. The Joint Office anticipates completing review of state plans by September 30, 2022. The plan will be updated annually over the life of the NEVI program.

7/20/2022 6:48 PM (Updated 7/20/2022 6:48 PM)
Public meeting July 28 on development new statewide electric vehicle infrastructure plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that it will host a virtual public meeting July 28 to provide information and get feedback on the development of the state’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan, the latest in Gov. JB Pritzker’s efforts to have one million electric vehicles registered in Illinois by 2030.

“Illinois has emerged as a leader in embracing electric vehicles as a cornerstone for economic growth and carbon reduction in our state,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Under Gov. Pritzker, a foundation has been laid to remake transportation as we know it here in Illinois. We are blazing a trail by creating infrastructure to support electric vehicles, connecting and uplifting communities along the way.”

Click here or visit https://idot.click/drive-electric to register and learn more. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Comments received at the meeting will help guide IDOT in developing a statewide plan to create and support an interconnected network of charging stations along key travel corridors. The plan is required for Illinois to receive an anticipated $148 million to invest in EV infrastructure as part of the historic, bipartisan federal Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act passed last year.

Additional stakeholder engagement, including meetings and the opportunity to submit ideas for charging station locations, will be scheduled as the plan is implemented later this year.

Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Transportation is overseeing the development of a network of 500,000 charging stations by 2030, ensuring a convenient, reliable, affordable and equitable charging experience for all users.

At the governor’s direction, IDOT is working closely with other state agencies, including the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, to achieve these goals in Illinois and make the most of available state and federal funding.

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Illinois. Emissions from cars and trucks, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons, are harmful to human health and the environment. Generating no tailpipe emissions, EVs are an important part of Gov. Pritzker’s directive to reduce pollution and mitigate the effects of climate change.

7/15/2022 11:25 AM (Updated 7/15/2022 11:25 AM)
Rebuilding Peoria: Major projects highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple projects in the Peoria area are underway or planned, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker's historic, bipartisan capital program. Twelve major projects represent a total investment of $245.3 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.

"With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois's aging infrastructure," said Gov. Pritzker. "Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in the Peoria area and across the entire state."

Of the 12 major projects in the Peoria area, 10 of them are scheduled to be completed in 2022, with the remaining two in 2023.

"Improving our roadway infrastructure throughout the Peoria region with these 12 projects reflects that it is a priority for all levels of Illinois government," said Peoria Mayor Rita Ali. "Road investments in our region not only employ people from our communities, but also helps to bolster our economy."

Projects and traffic impacts include:

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state's aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

"These projects represent another year that IDOT will be making transformational investments in the Peoria area and all across the state," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "Please, pardon our dust while we Rebuild Illinois. When approaching and driving through any work zone, expect the unexpected and give workers a brake. Stay patient, put down the devices and slow down."

Accomplishments through March include approximately $7.3 billion of improvements statewide on almost 3,800 miles of highway, more than 370 bridges and nearly 550 additional safety improvements. Visit https://idot.click/Rebuild-Illinois for information and highlights of other Rebuild Illinois projects happening throughout the state.

5/20/2022 3:12 PM (Updated 5/23/2022 6:14 PM)
Rebuilding the Quad Cities: Major projects highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple projects in the Quad City area are planned or underway, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan capital program. Seven major projects represent a total investment of $55.78 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.

“With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’s aging infrastructure,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in the Quad Cities and across the entire state.”

Five of the seven projects in the Quad Cities are scheduled to be completed in 2022.
“We welcome all types of infrastructure investments in the Quad Cities by our state partners,” said Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati. “I look forward to continued investments in the future.”

“Our residents that travel on these streets and highways on a daily basis will be appreciative of the-much needed resources to improve their daily commute and travelling experience,” said East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman. “In particular, I thank Gov. Pritzker for listening to our requests, addressing our needs and facilitating a good partnership with our community.”

Projects and traffic impacts include (link to map):

“These projects represent another year that IDOT will be making transformational investments in the Quad Cities area,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Please, pardon our dust while we Rebuild Illinois. When approaching and driving through any work zone, expect the unexpected and give workers a brake. Stay patient, put down the devices and slow down.”

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Accomplishments through March include approximately $7.3 billion of improvements statewide on almost 3,800 miles of highway, more than 370 bridges and nearly 550 additional safety improvements. Visit https://idot.click/Rebuild-Illinois for information and highlights of other Rebuild Illinois projects happening throughout the state.

5/20/2022 2:46 PM (Updated 5/20/2022 2:47 PM)
Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)

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