In the last few weeks, the leaders of CTA, Metra, Pace, and I have been “out on the road,” talking about our regional funding needs and the 30 priority projects that are part of Invest in Transit, our regional transit strategic plan.
We have the second largest transit system in this country however, it’s also one of the oldest. Unfortunately, capital funding has been limited and unpredictable over the past ten years. A capital program of $2 to $3 billion every year would allow the region to make significant improvements and enable the Transit Agencies to provide vital public transportation well into the future.
Last week, we were the featured panel at a City Club breakfast and last night, we were on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to discuss our plans for revitalizing the region’s public transportation system.
I want to thank CTA, Metra, and Pace for their continued collaboration on getting this important message out to the public. Our message really resonates with riders and stakeholders alike, and it’s our hope that we’ll see some changes to our funding situation next year.