The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and more than 20 private and public partners recently developed a list of shared principles for Congress to consider when reauthorizing the next federal surface transportation bill. The last reauthorization in 2015 provided $305 billion over five years for projects and programs that affect every aspect of transportation, from road safety to public transit.
Major legislation that affects the quality of life for all our residents in northeastern Illinois requires a unified regional voice. Our shared principles call on Congress to address the growing gap in funding transportation, increase support for vital public transit systems, and provide assistance with tackling emissions from the transportation sector.
CMAP and its partners also are committed to addressing issues that have been magnified by the pandemic. The next reauthorization bill should address the need for equitable transportation investments, safer conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, and a transit system that can better support essential workers. We look forward to working with our partners in the coming months to ensure Congress understands the needs facing our region.