The Regional Transportation Authority is preparing to hire a public relations firm to lobby Congress for more capital improvement dollars for the CTA, Metra and Pace.
Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that a firm formerly headed by David Axelrod and its partners are set to win a $1.7 million lobbying contract. That’s a lotta dough, so they better rake in some cash for the Red Line and other high-priced improvement projects.
And the RTA is betting they will do just that. In fact, the RTA is hoping to quintuple the federal capital dollars it receives, to about #2.5 billion a year. But, as Greg Hinz writes in his blog, “Doing so will be extraordinarily difficult, given that Congress has been unable to pass a long-term transportation funding bill, even though most of the money would go for politically popular highway work.”
So, good luck with that.