This week, CMAP executive director Joe Szabo testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation's Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety about how critical investment in freight infrastructure is to our national and regional economy. He discussed the early successes of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act's freight program -- including $132 million in funding for the one of the country's worst bottlenecks in the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project -- and the need to increase funding in the law's reauthorization. Read more from Senator Tammy Duckworth's official press release, the American Journal of Transportation, Crain's Chicago Business, FreightWaves, and Politico, and watch a video of the hearing here.
The efficient movement of goods through the Chicago region is crucial to our regional and national prosperity. One-fourth of the nation’s freight rail traffic and nearly half of all intermodal trains pass through Chicago. Nationally, the multimodal freight network directly supports 44 million jobs and impacts every American’s quality of life. But the rail lines, built over a century ago, were not built for the volumes nor the types of freight being carried today. ON TO 2050 recommends strategic investment in the freight network to maintain the region's status as North America's freight hub.