Chicago, Illinois Government: Investing in Transportation and Infrastructure Maintenance

The government of Chicago, Illinois is responsible for addressing a wide range of issues related to transportation and infrastructure maintenance. From public transportation services to neighborhood walkability, protected bike lanes, and broadband access, the city must ensure that its infrastructure is capable of supporting the economy of the 21st century. To do this, the government must make forward-thinking investments in highways, trails, and railroads. The federal government plays a key role in funding capital investments in transportation in Illinois and other states.

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been working with communities, businesses, and governments for over 85 years to unlock the potential of the Chicago region. The five-year public transportation capital plan for the Chicago region is heavily reliant on grants from the federal government. The Task Force also supports efforts to electrify transportation in the Chicago region and throughout Illinois. Since taking office, I have made it a priority to earmark federal funds for important transportation and infrastructure projects in Chicago. Through this position, I have been able to secure significant funding for several projects in Chicago.

These include projects to extend the red line and bypass the red and purple line of the CTA, the modernization of terminal three at O'Hare International Airport, and the CREATE program to reduce congestion on railroad lines around the city. The government of Chicago is committed to investing in transportation and infrastructure maintenance. By making forward-thinking investments in highways, trails, and railroads, we can ensure that our infrastructure is capable of supporting the economy of the 21st century. With federal grants from the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and other sources, we can continue to make progress towards a more reliable, safe, and affordable transportation system.