Transportation and Parking

The City of Carbondale sits on the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Illinois Route 13. Interstate 57 is accessible to the east on Route 13 at Marion, and to the south on Rt. 51 near Dongola. Interstate 64 is accessible to the north on Rt. 51. Interstate 24 is accessible six miles south of Marion on I-57.

In addition to the parking lots provided by the many businesses in Carbondale, the City also provides parking for just about everyone, including senior citizens, people with temporary disabilities, and those wanting year-round permits. The City of Carbondale maintains 1100 parking spaces downtown for convenient shopping. Parking meters are enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For information on obtaining City parking permits, or special parking privileges, call the Parking Division at the Finance Department, Revenue Division Office at 200 South Illinois Avenue, 618-457-3278 or access the parking permits and fees page for more information.

State of Illinois Drivers Education Information:

Effective July 1, 2014 Public Act 98-167 requires Illinois driver’s license applicants ages 18, 19, or 20, who have never previously been licensed or completed an approved driver education course, to complete a six hour Adult Driver Education Course.

The Adult Driver Education Course can only be taught by providers certified by the Secretary of State. Courses may be taught in a classroom setting or online, depending on the certification of a provider. Completion of an Adult Driver Education Course from a provider NOT LISTED, will not be accepted.

Upon successful completion of this course a certificate of completion will be provided to you and then you may visit a Secretary of State Driver Services facility to complete your vision, written and road test.

Follow this link to access the State of Illinois Driving and Bicycling publications.


Additional Transportation Links:

Catch an Illinois Train
Southern Illinois Airport
Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois
Illinois Department of Transportation
Saluki Bus Service or Saluki Mass Transit WebPage
Jackson County Mass Transit
Rides Mass Transit District (RMTD)



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