Bustos, Durbin announce $756,000 investment for Mississippi River ferryboat terminal in Moline

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $756,350 federal investment that will go to the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District for the construction of a new Channel Cat Passenger Ferryboat Terminal on the Mississippi River in Moline.  The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Discretionary Passenger Ferry Grant Program.

“I’m pleased today to announce this investment in our region’s water transportation capabilities,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “The Mississippi River is a vital transportation corridor in our region, and today’s grant will help the Quad Cities meet its infrastructure and transportation needs while also creating jobs and growing the local economy.”

“This federal funding will create jobs and make improvements to the ferry terminals, making sure they are safe and accessible for many years to come,” said Senator Durbin.

Today’s grant will be used to create a new terminal that will expand docking capacity to accommodate the current three vessel Channel Cat fleet and improve safety and access for people with disabilities.

Bustos, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,  has been a long-time champion of investing in infrastructure to improve our economy and create jobs.  She recently served as a member of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) Conference Committee.  This bill included an important bipartisan provision introduced by Bustos, Durbin, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) that could help speed up repairs and upgrades to the aging locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  This bill recently passed both the House and Senate and will now head to the President’s desk for signature.