A female wearing scrubs and a doctor's coat helps a man out of a van and into a wheelchair.ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Three organizations serving the 27th District will receive new paratransit vehicles to extend safe, reliable and accessible transportation throughout the community, State Senator Ann Gillespie announced on Wednesday.

“These new vehicles will help expand the opportunities offered to seniors and individuals with disabilities,” said Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights). “By investing in improved transportation, we are ensuring essential programs and services are in better reach for those who need it most.”

Through the Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 500 paratransit vehicles valued at $57.1 million have been awarded to 113 transit providers. The vehicles will be delivered to public transportation providers as well as nonprofit organizations serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Clearbrook and Xilin Association in Arlington Heights and the Northwest Special Recreation Association in Rolling Meadows are set to receive four vehicles, totaling $427,000. The program helps smaller transit agencies navigate the red tape of the public bidding process while ensuring their vehicles meet federal requirements and specifications.

A full list of awardees can be found here.