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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Good news for Illinois students!

Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the recipients of the long-awaited Safe Routes to School grant awards this week.

src=http://www.activetrans.org/sites/default/files/IMG_9757_0.JPGAn amount of $21.7 million was divvied up among communities large and small, with funds going toward constructing new sidewalks, installing traffic calming strategies, organizing walking school buses, hosting bike rodeos, and more. All of these initiatives will contribute to safer and healthier environments for kids in grades K-12.

Many communities in northeastern Illinois will benefit from the grants, including unincorporated Des Plaines, West Chicago, University Park, Blue Island, Bridgeview, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, North Aurora, and South Elgin.

Active Trans provided technical assistance to several communities that applied for a Safe Routes to School grant during this round of funding. In total, we helped Illinois’ communities secure over $2.1 million in infrastructure funds and more than $200,000 in non-infrastructure funds.

To view a complete list of the awards, visit Illinois’ Safe Routes to School webpage.

Congratulations to all of the communities that received awards.