Tim Shelley / WCBU

Sixteen Central Illinois organizations will benefit from an $8.6 million settlement paid out by the owners of the closing E.D. Edwards coal power plant near Bartonville.

The local bus system isn't immune from traffic pressures that will be sparked by the Murray Baker Bridge closure next month. 

Two federal lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Peoria after two teenagers with special needs were reportedly dropped off at the wrong location by the CityLift transit service in separate incidents last month.

Greater Peoria Mass Transit District


The Greater Peoria Transit Authority will add more electric vehicles to its fleet soon. The Federal Transit Administration has awarded CityLink a $2.3-million Low or No Emission Bus Program grant. Doug Roelfs, general manager of the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, says the new buses advance the transit’s environmentally conscious mission.   


CityLink riders want more service after dark and on weekends. That’s the biggest takeaway from the recently-released “CityLink on the Move” study.

The Knoxville, Garden, Western, Sheridan and Parkview routes currently don’t operate after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, or 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The routes don’t run at all on Sundays. 


CityLink will celebrate its customers Friday with free rides.

Peoria is Ready for March Madness

Mar 9, 2018
Tanya Koonce

It’s IHSA March Madness kickoff weekend in Peoria. The two weekend run of the event started Friday. It’s the 23rd year the boy’s basketball tournament is being hosted in Peoria. 

ICC Diesel Tech Program Gets a New Specimen

Feb 20, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  A recently retired CityLink bus has a new job that will pay big dividends. The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District donated the bus to the Diesel Powered Equipment Program (DPET) at Illinois Central College.  

Jeff Gardner coordinates the program at the East Peoria Campus. He says the 35-foot diesel bus will provide students another type of hands-on experience to add to their skill set.

CityLink Shows Passenger Appreciation

Apr 17, 2017

CityLink is celebrating its 9th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day Thursday.  All passengers on fixed routes ride for free in honor of CityLink’s beloved General Manager Jerome Lilly.

Leadership, Pride On Display at Black History Celebration

Feb 16, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

City Link hosted its annual public Black History Month celebration at the downtown bus terminal Thurs.

The Peoria City Council unanimously approved expanding the boundaries of the Peoria Urban Enterprise Zone to encompass Northwoods Mall.

CityLink GM Announces Retirement

Dec 6, 2016

CityLink General Manager Al Stanek is retiring at the end of year. Stanek has served in the position since February 2015. His retirement announcement comes as the Regional Mass Transit Authority continues to negotiate with its bus driver’s.

CityLink and Peoria area transit workers have reached a contract extension agreement.


The Amalgamated Transit Union Workers Local 416 contract expires Wed. The contract extension keeps nearly 140 bus drivers and maintenance workers on the job through January 31st. It also allows time for the union and CityLink managers to schedule more negotiations.

104 members of Amalgamated Transit Union Workers Local 416 unanimously approved a strike authorization Sunday.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Transit workers in the Peoria area have voted to authorize a strike but their officials with their union say they're hoping to avoid a walkout.

Amalgamated Transit Union Workers Local 416 members voted 104-0 Sunday for strike authorization. Union president Ron Cox says the union is negotiating with CityLink over health care and contract length. The current contract with about 140 workers expires at midnight Wednesday.

CityLink is the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District . It serves Peoria, Peoria Heights and West Peoria. It also has contracts with Pekin and East Peoria.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Grocery shoppers at Kroger today were met by television cameras at the checkout aisle. The Stuff-a-Bus food drive launched its annual campaign with its loftiest goal yet. The idea is to collect so much food it won’t all fit in a retired CityLink Bus.

This year’s goal to raise 13 tons of food is driven by a shortage at the Peoria Friendship House pantry. CEO Melanie McNiff says the nonprofit ran out of food for the first time ever.       

“We actually didn’t think that we could fill the bus any more than we did last year,” McNiff said.

CityLink Extends Routes Northward

Sep 1, 2016

Employees and customers along Knoxville north of Illinois Route 6 will soon have another option for getting around.

CityLink announced Tues. it's adding a bus route that includes a stop at Crossing Drive and Knoxville. It’s an intersection surrounded by several fast food and convenience stores.

CityLink says the move is to service employees and customers of the fast food and convenience stores in the area. Bus schedules and information about the new routes are available here.

Park the Car: Go CityLink

Jun 14, 2016

CityLink is looking to increase awareness of how riding public transportation can save families money on fuel expenses and help the environment. That’s the goal of Thursday’s 11th annual Dump the Pump Day.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio


Bus commuters passing through the transit center downtown were treated to the tones of a youth gospel choir Thursday.

The Christ Lutheran School fourth grade students’ performance was part of a Black History Month program, hosted by CityLink.

The connection to Rosa Parks was not lost among several speakers during the event inside the bus terminal.

Ride Pricing Changes Approved For CityLink

Sep 28, 2015
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Sunday ridership for CityLink service is three-times more than projections a year ago.  More than 2,400 people use the service every Sunday.  Officials say the cost to operate the additional weekend program came in $600,000 under budget since launching last June.  

Proposed fee, fare changes for CityLink, CityLift

Aug 10, 2015
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is proposing to hike some fees for individuals and community groups. The aim is to generate $500,000 in new revenue:

CityLink is also sharing potential locations to build a multi-million-dollar Northside Transit Center.  A consultant identified 16 potential sites near Northwoods mall for riders to switch between bus routes.  

CityLink could raise fares amid state budget cuts

Jun 10, 2015

CityLink is considering raising bus fares this fall if Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed funding cuts become a reality. CityLink General Manager Al Stanek says the proposed funding reduction would mean a $2.7 million deficit for the group. He says CityLink could raise prices of its single-fare ride or offer riders an ‘All Day’ bus pass for three-dollars:

Green technology donning Peoria bus shelters

May 29, 2015

CityLink is installing green technology to help power bus-shelters.  The shelters include new frames, benches and solar panels to provide night-time lighting and boost visibility for bus drivers.  CityLink approved upgrading up to 50 bus shelters with the new solar panels and other upgrades.  Each new shelter cost 65-hundred-dollars

CityLink eyes funding concerns

May 5, 2015

 The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District hopes state budget cuts don't ruin its 45th birthday. CityLink was formed in 1970 after a private bus company ended service amid financial problems.  Ridership has grown more than 400 percent during that time and its budget has increased nearly 27 fold. But General Manager Al Stanek says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget cuts could force CityLink to reduce spending by $3 million.

CityLink Customer Appreciation

Apr 17, 2015
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

CityLink is offering free rides on fixed routes Monday, April 20, 2015 for its 7th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day. The event honors Jerome Lilly, who was a beloved General Manager of CityLink and died unexpectedly in 2007.  The Customer Appreciation free ride day is on what was Lilly’s birthday. The agency is also offering a free LED reflective light with a swivel clip that’s being given away downtown at the Adams Street Transit Center.

CityLink to provide special service for IHSA games

Mar 12, 2015

CityLink is running constant bus shuttle service from hotels to the Peoria Civic Center during the I-H-S-A Boys Basketball Finals this and next weekend.  Shuttles will pick up people from participating hotels every 30 minutes from 9:30 AM to 11 PM each weekend.  People can purchase weekend passes or one-way fares.  A link to shuttle stops is available by clicking here. 

More people are taking public transportation than ever. Nationally ridership is at an all time high surpassing the record numbers of 1974. 

CityLink is considering six sites as part of a feasibility study to build a northside transfer center for its customers.

CityLink is hosting a second public open house Tuesday for a possible Northside Transfer Zone. A new transfer zone would serve as a hub for transfers from seven different bus routes in North Peoria.