In mid-2018, MetroLINK was awarded Federal Transit Administration (FTA) discretionary ferry boat program funding for its Channel Cat program. The grant includes replacement of an existing dock at the John Deere Commons landing in Moline, Illinois in an effort to increase safety and security, enhance Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, expand docking space, and provide new passenger amenities. In addition, the project will include the repowering of MetroLINK's three ferryboat vessels, the purchase and installation of safety and security surveillance equipment, and fully implementing mobile ticketing services for ferryboat passengers. Environmental work is currently underway, and construction is expected in 2019-2020.
Since 2002, Metro has been a leader in alternative fuel technology, operating a mixed fleet of fixed-route buses powered by compressed natural gas or clean-burning diesel fuels. In Spring 2018, the agency deployed its first three (3) all electric buses. Five (5) additional buses were delivered in Spring 2019. Learn more.
District Station provides 2,000 square-feet of interior passenger waiting area with restrooms, an information kiosk, and a monitor displaying next bus arrival information. Ten exterior bus bays with canopies are designed for easy pull-in and pull-out, and each is equipped with real-time signage. Over 2,000 riders transfer at District Station on a daily basis. In December 2017, MetroLINK announced that District Station had achieved USGBC LEED Gold Certification.