Regional “Get on Board” campaign pushes for sufficient transit funding
CHICAGO - The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) joins CTA, Metra and Pace in participating in National Infrastructure Week this week. This year, National Infrastructure Week coincides with the statewide public transit “Get on Board” campaign, which encourages riders to visit www.GetonBoardIL.org to make their voices heard in support of capital funding to improve transit rides.
In Northeastern Illinois, the regional transit system has a $30 billion need to fund high-priority projects, some of which are pictured here. It’s been a decade since the State of Illinois passed a capital bill. The RTA’s Regional Transit Strategic Plan, Invest in Transit, makes the case for the region’s funding needs calling for annual investment of $2 to $3 billion over the next decade. More recently, the RTA created the 2019 Strategic Plan Progress Report, which outlines strides made toward achieving the vision and goals of Invest in Transit.
RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard, RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden and other regional transit leaders are available for media opportunities to discuss Infrastructure Week and the need for adequate, consistent, long-term funding of the region’s public transit system.