Message from the Active Transportation Alliance:
Last week President Trump released his first budget proposal and it would be devastating for people who ride transit, bike and walk in the Chicago region. The President wants to eliminate funding for the popular TIGER grant program, which has funded several local projects including the Lakefront Trail bridges at 35th and 41st Streets, upgrades at the 95th Street Terminal, and new bridges and tracks for Metra trains.
President Trump also proposes eliminating the New Starts program, which cities rely on to build new transit lines. It accounts for only five percent of federal transportation spending and funded the reconstruction of the Brown and Pink Lines, and added stations and tracks on Metra’s North Central, Southwest, and Union Pacific West lines.
Tell your members of Congress to reject President Trump’s proposed transit cuts. Ultimately it’s Congress’ responsibility to develop and pass a budget so they need to hear from constituents who value public transit before budget talks begin. Locally and across the country, transit investments have proven to boost economic development, connect people to jobs, and anchor more walkable and livable communities. Stand up for public transit and contact your congressmen and senators today.