With Congress in a budget-cutting frenzy, we certainly expected to hear about the inevitable cuts in funding for public transit. They haven't officially happened yet, but you can bet they're coming. The Democratic-controlled Senate is more amenable to retaining current spending levels, while the Republican House wants the cuts.
As the Tribune reported Wednesday, more than $17 billion in transportation projects are at risk if Congress makes a 30% cut in pending legislation. Illinois would lose $210 million the first year and more than $1 billion in projects over six years.
That is really shortsighted. And makes it hard to believe the Red/Purple Modernization Project will ever truly happen.
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