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Ill. communities get $10M in fed transit grants

CHICAGO (AP) — Several regions of Illinois outside Chicago will receive nearly $10 million in federal grants to improve, maintain and expand public transportation.

One of the largest blocks of money, more than $7 million, will pay for a new bus maintenance, storage and administrative facility in the central Illinois community of Macomb.

Farther west, Quincy will get $140,000 for an automatic bus washing system that can reuse water and soap.

In northern Illinois, nearly $1 million will help pay for the renovation and expansion of a bus facility in Sterling.

Sen. Dick Durbin says the funds will help ensure safe and reliable transportation service.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration awarded the grants. And the Illinois Department of Transportation will administer the money.

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