McLean County's rural bus system has asked for funding to improve service for a growing ridership. Show Bus applied for a $2.5 million state and federal grant, and the capital assistance application was approved by the McLean County Board. If they receive the grant, Show Bus will use the money to buy new busses and computers. The company also wants to purchase and renovate its facility in Chenoa, which it currently rents. Director Laura Dick says the improvements are necessary to keep up with the increasing number of people using Show Bus.
"Our ridership has gone up in double digits every year, so our busses right now are at capacity," she says. "We need them for new routes, and we need to replace some of our medium-duties that are 14-passenger with the larger busses."
Dick says the jump in numbers is likely because public transportation has become more widely accepted. She says a lot of social service programs have halted their transportation, so Show Bus also helps their clients out.
Dick says the 11 new busses might be available by the end of the year. She says the building will take a few years to update and expand because it has to pass environmental checks.
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