Funding Updates

Please let our elected state officials know how you, your friends, and your family depend upon public transportation.


11/29/16 Funding Update:

Last night, the Comptroller’s office released the FY 2017 first and second quarter payments for River Valley Metro. The amount of funds transferred after these payments will cover only half of the other downstate systems for one quarter. While this is good news for River Valley Metro and our customers, the status of future payments and fund transfers are still in question. Metro Staff is working with our Legislators to gain a good understanding of this situation and when it would be advisable to resume full services. We will release additional updates as information becomes available.

Due to state funding issues, beginning November 1, 2016:

No bus service is available on Sundays or major holidays. Major holidays affected are Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor day.

Route 11 and Route 12 are not in service. Please use Route 10 instead of Route 11, and use Route 1 or Route 6 instead of Route 12.

We hope to resume these services once the state funding issue is resolved.


Mass transit systems throughout downstate Illinois are at risk of shutting down due to state funding issues. This funding is separate from the general revenue fund budget, and is required by law. Please check back here and on our Facebook page for related stories from around the state and for updates.

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Ottawa Times Editorial

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Daily Journal Editorial Cuts made without conscience?

State Journal Register Bus riders hope SMTD keeps evening service

Bloomington Pantagraph State must fund Connect Transit

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State Journal Register West-central Illinois transit district resumes limited service

Bloomington Pantagraph Connect Transit issues notice of service suspension, layoffs

State Journal Register Sangamon County regional transportation service delayed

The Breese Journal State financial crisis puts public transportation system at risk

McDonough County Voice Transit authority, city discuss possible funding solutions

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Daily Journal Metro trims bus routes to prolong service

Bloomington Pantagraph Lawmaker to attend Connect Transit funding meeting

Daily Journal letter from Economic Alliance

Daily Journal letter from a rider

WJBD Radio South Central Transit Makes Cuts As Result of State Funding

NPR Illinois Budget Standoff Threatens Downstate Mass Transit

WICS TV SMTD Plans For Potential Service Reduction Due To Late State Payments

State Journal-Register SMTD considering cuts to bus services

X95 Radio Centralia Budget impasse causing trouble for downstate transit systems

Rochelle News-Leader Funding delays put local transit program in jeopardy

Vidette Online Connect Transit faces funding deficit

WSOY Radio Downstate transit systems still waiting for state funds

McDonough County Voice Transit authority working on contingency plans

WSIL Carbondale 10/21/16

Peoria Journal Star State funding problems worry CityLink, other transit agencies

Daily Journal 10/22/16 Looming bus shutdown will have far-reaching impact on commuters, employers

WREX Rockford Mass Transit District hurting for state dollars

KHQA Quincy Owed money continues to threaten Illinois public transit systems

Alton Daily News 10/20/16 Illinois Public Transit In Financial Trouble

Daily Journal 10/20/16 If River Valley shuts down, who suffers the most?

WCIA Champaign 10/20/16

WAND Decatur 10/20/16

WMBD Peoria 10/20/16

Daily Journal Potential bus shutdown no bluff, and people aren’t pawns

Champaign News-Gazette 10/18/16

NBC5 Chicago

Bloomington Pantagraph 10/18/16

Daily Journal 10/18/16 Downstate bus services closes while River Valley’s future remains uncertain

Daily Journal Opinion   We can’t afford to see bus system go bust

WGEM Quincy 10/14/16 Local transit service halting amid financial issues

Springfield Journal-Register Western Illinois transit district to cease operations because of state’s budget problems

Daily Journal 10/14/16  Efforts to save River Valley may be too little, too late

Dixon 10/13/16 State funding backlog hits public transportation systems

Daily Journal 10/12/16  River Valley says it may shut down if the state doesn’t dole out tax

Bloomington-Normal 10/12/16  Lack of state funding could shut down public transportation