This week, Illinois' new Governor J.B. Pritzker highlighted a priority of his administration in his inaugural address: "It is time to update and repair our state's aging infrastructure," he said.
The remarks echoed the ON TO 2050 recommendation to fully fund the region's transportation system. Metropolitan Chicago’s infrastructure, which has given the region its historic strategic advantage, is in critical need of investment. Chronic transportation funding shortages have led to a crisis point. Other states and regions are far ahead of Illinois and metropolitan Chicago in raising revenues to support infrastructure projects with long-term benefits for livability, mobility, and the economy.
As discussions about a state capital plan and other transportation funding options continue, revenue proposals should be based on four principles: Revenues must be sustainable, fair, equitable, and flexible. Read more about CMAP's principles for sustainable transportation funding. Keep reading the CMAP Weekly Update for more about regional and state discussions on this important topic in the months to come.