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Inbound #1 University Route No Longer on Detour (10/5/17)
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The inbound #1 University Route is no longer on detour...

Delays Expected on Several CityLink Routes Due to River City Marathon on 10/8/17
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Due to the “River City Marathon” on Sunday, October 8,...

Stop at North & Richmond Unavailable Weekdays from 2:30 PM & 4:30 PM on #10 Sterling Inbound Route
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The corner at North and Richmond will not be a CityLink...

Error in Mar. 2017 Rider's Guide on #4 Knoxville Route
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There was an error printed in the March 2017 CityLink...

Temporary Stop on #4 Knoxville Route at Crossing Drive & Knoxville No Longer Available as of 3/6/17
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The temporary bus stop located at Knoxville and...

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Q & A Session with Andrew Dwyer on the Illinois Public Transportation Association

CityLink Director of Mobility, Andrew Dwyer, was recently elected to the Illinois Public Transportation Association (IPTA) Board of Directors. We sat down with him for a Q&A session regarding his new role on IPTA's Board and more information on the overall organization.

Andrew has worked for CityLink for nearly 2 years, and his duties include:

  • Overseeing GPMTD's paratransit (CityLift) service and the rural paratransit (CountyLink) service, which includes the contracts with MV Transportation to operate both services.
  • Responsible for all GPMTD Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related interests
  • Overseeing the Transit Center facility
  • Overseeing the Customer Service Department
  • Serving on a wide variety of committees, including: The GPMTD ADA Committee; the GPMTD Program Development Committee; GPMTD liaison for the East Peoria Mass Transit District, Peoria County Board, and Human Service Transportation Plan (HSTP); and other internal committees and panels

IPTA is described on its website as: An organization dedicated to achieving the best public transportation service possible. We continue to accomplish this through: advocating the value of public transportation; representing the legislative, regulatory and administrative interests of members; and providing a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and experience.

Q: How long have you been involved with IPTA?
A: Approximately 10 years. I was also a member in my previous position with Henry County Public Transportation in Kewanee.

Q: What are some of the benefits you have experienced from being involved with IPTA?
A: Being a part of IPTA had provided me valuable opportunities to cultivate ideas, exchange knowledge, and network with peers in the public transportation industry in Illinois.

Q: How has IPTA impacted funding for public transportation across the State?
A: IPTA communicates any and all information about funding concerns, such as bills and legislation, to its members and coordinates action based on the information provided by the members. Many times the action taken includes reaching out to local legislators to convey the ramifications of a certain bill on public transportation.

Q: The State of Illinois finally passed a budget in July 2017 after an impasse of two years. What did IPTA do to help shape the current budget?
A: IPTA provided crucial information to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and to the State on how potential budget cuts could have affected the various transit agencies it represents.

Q: Why did you decide to run for the IPTA Board?
A: I have been in public transportation for approximately 10 years, and I have seen the positive impact IPTA has had on small and large transit systems.  Having the unique responsibility of representing rural Peoria and the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District provides me the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Peoria region as a whole. I wanted to serve on the IPTA Board to supply GPMTD and the Greater Peoria Area with a voice they did not have before. Public transportation is important to everyone in this region and it is greatly valued by the communities GPMTD serves.

Q: How long is your term on the IPTA Board?
A: 4 years.

How many transit agencies in Illinois are members of IPTA?
A: 53.

Q: When was IPTA established?
A: IPTA was established in 2000, when the Illinois Public Transit Association and the Illinois Association for Community Transportation merged.

Q: How long has GPMTD been a member of IPTA?
A: GPMTD been a member since the current IPTA was established in 2000.

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