Chicago is still in great need of funding for public transit. The Illinois House of Representatives voted on bill SB307 on 11/28/2007, but didn’t pass it. This bill would have used primarily gas tax to fund the needed four billion dollars needed per year.
The news reports that it’s an issue with the downstate Reps who won’t pass bill, because they want a comprehensive plan for all of Illinois. (Hello, get it done then, we are in crisis mode having missed two deadlines with doomsday plans, and now we face HALF THE BUS LINES BEING ELIMINATED THIS JANUARY). Now it’s true that the downstate people don’t care about Chicago, apparently neither does the northwestern suburbs of Chicago.
You’d think with the Metra going providing thousands of suburban commuters with a clean environmentally friendly ride every day, you’d have the reps in those areas be more than glad to help public transit.
No. Check out this map and see how the reps who have train stops in their district voted. More details on who the reps are will come in tomorrow’s blog post.