Durbin discusses federal support for mass transit with Chicago transit leaders

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) discussed the necessity of strong federal support for mass transit and the nation's transportation network today with representatives from the Chicago region’s transit, light rail and bus organizations.

“This year, Congress faces a deadline on the future of our national transportation and infrastructure network,” Durbin said. “The Chicago region’s future depends on our ability to improve our existing infrastructure to meet new demand."

The meeting was attended by Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Kirk Dillard, and representatives from Metra, Pace Bus and the Chicago Transit Authority.

"Congress must also do its part and provide the necessary resources to upgrade aging public transportation systems and infrastructure like Chicago’s Union Station," Durbin said.

Congress is expected to pursue legislation by the end of the year reauthorizing federal highway, transit and rail programs.

The bill would have a significant impact on Illinois, which has one of the nation’s largest multimodal transportation networks.
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