IDOT Transit Grants Now Open

The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for a competitive grant program that aims to expand safe, equitable access to public transportation throughout the state. Selected projects will feature transit opportunities while furthering the goals of IDOT’s Illinois Long-Range Transportation Plan.

The grants will fund studies on planning and preliminary engineering issues regarding public multimodal, intermodal and non-motorized transportation. Governmental entities such as counties, metropolitan planning agencies, municipalities, state agencies, public transit agencies and state universities are urged to apply.

The program’s has a total funding cap of $2.5 million, with awards averaging $200,000 and requiring a 20% non-federal match. Applicants can request IDOT provide this match, particularly if the study benefits a historically disadvantaged community.

Applications must be submitted to IDOT by 5 p.m. on May 24 and the award winners will be notified this summer.

An informational webinar to explain the grant program and provide assistance to prospective applicants will be held on April 18 at 10 a.m. via Webex at For additional details, visit 2023 IDOT Transit Planning NOFO.pdf.