We need to invest $43 billion more in our transportation network over the next 10 years

For too long, Illinois' transportation system has been on a starvation diet, and the results are obvious. In the past we've relied on infrequent (and inadequate) capital bills to patch together funding. To allow us to return our roads, bridges and transit to good condition and plan for growth, we need a substantial, regular, reliable source of revenue.

After extensive study and consulting with transportation experts around the state, we've determined Illinois needs an additional $43 billion over 10 years, or an average of $4.3 billion each year. That's less than we're already wasting today on extra repairs to vehicles as a result of poor road conditions, time lost to congestion and delays, and loss of jobs and investment to neighboring states. Rebuilding our infrastructure will cost less than continuing to suffer.

A regular investment of $4.3 billion each year for the next ten years will fill the gap so we can make the fixes we need now, plus allow for sensible expansion to accommodate growth. Any less is insufficient…

Any less is insufficient to meet the maintenance backlog. Waiting will only increase our costs and put us further behind our neighboring states, who are already taking action to invest more in infrastructure.

Let's fill this $43 billion pothole and get back in gear.

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Other states are leaving us in the dust

Since 2012, 23 states have taken action to invest more in transportation. Currently, 16 more states are considering action. If Illinois doesn't do something this year, not only will we continue to suffer potholed roads and delayed trains, but we will be less attractive to new businesses that want to invest and create jobs in Illinois.

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Source: Transportation for America

We have a lot of options on the table. Recently, states like S Massachusetts and l Pennsylvania have updated their gas taxes. Some have switched to a wholesale tax that will keep up with inflation. Other states like i Ohio and s Virginia have adjusted their transportation-related user fees, like tolls and vehicle registrations. In 2014, our neighbors to the north in v Wisconsin passed a constitutional amendment to ensure that money collected for transportation goes into a dedicated, protected fund so it can only be spent on transportation. Illinois could use a combination of options like these to return our transportation investment to a healthy, sustainable level.

We know what to fix. We just need to do it.

Around Illinois, there are hundreds of projects planned to improve the safety and expand the capacity of our existing roads and rails. From repaving a road to rebuilding a bridge, these are common-sense upgrades that will save us time every day. We simply need to invest in making them happen.

Statewide planned improvements

These are just a few highlights from among the hundreds of transportation improvements around Illinois that are planned but not fully funded. For more detail, see Illinois Dept. of Transportation's featured projects or the Chicago-region maps below.

A Savanna
Mississippi River, US 52/Ill. Route 64 Bridge: Replacing this 83-year-old bridge will maintain a vital connection­ for people and goods: The next bridge over the Mississippi is 20 miles away.
B West suburbs
Metra Union Pacific West Line: Addition of third track will reduce delays for Metra passengers, freight and people in cars. It will also reduce train idling and diesel emissions.
C Chicago
CTA Red and Purple modernization: Rebuilding this transit artery will mean faster trips for tens of thousands of people daily.
D Kankakee
I-57/Ill. Route 17 Interchange: Reconstructing this interchange will reduce travel times and make it safer.
E Champaign County
I-57/I-74 Interchange: Rebuilding this 50-year-old interchange will make it safer and smoother for the people, including 20,000 trucks, that use it daily.
F Springfield
I-55: Renovating this essential stretch of roadway will make it safer and less congested.
G Williamson County
Ill. Route 13: Improvements along this busy, accident-prone corridor will increase safety and reduce delays.

Chicago region

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) map details planned highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements in the greater Chicago region.

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Legislative districts

Projects by Senate and House districts

Senate District 1 (Muñoz) and House Districts 1 (Burke) and 2 (Acevedo)

Senate District 2 (Delgado) and House Districts 3 (Arroyo) and 4 (Soto)

Senate District 3 (Hunter) and House Districts 5 (Dunkin) and 6 (Golar)

Senate District 4 (Lightford) and House Districts 7 (Welch) and 8 (Ford)

Senate District 5 (Van Pelt) and House Districts 9 (Turner) and 10 (Reaves-Harris)

Senate District 6 (Cullerton) and House Districts 11 (Williams) and 12 (Feigenholtz)

Senate District 7 (Steans) and House Districts 13 (Harris) and 14 (Cassidy)

Senate District 8 (Silverstein) and House Districts 15 (D'Amico) and 16 (Lang)

Senate District 9 (Biss) and House Districts 17 (Fine) and 18 (Gabel)

Senate District 10 (Mulroe) and House Districts 19 (Martwick) and 20 (McAuliffe)

Senate District 11 (Sandoval) and House Districts 21 (Tabares) and 22 (Madigan)

Senate District 12 (Landek) and House Districts 23 (Zalewski) and 24 (Hernandez)

Senate District 13 (Raoul) and House Districts 25 (Flynn Currie) and 26 (Mitchell)

Senate District 14 (Jones) and House Districts 27 (Davis) and 28 (Rita)

Senate District 16 (Collins) and House Districts 31 (Flowers) and 32 (Thapedi)

Senate District 17 (Trotter) and House Districts 33 (Evans) and 34 (Sims)

Senate District 18 (Cunningham) and House Districts 35 (Hurley) and 36 (Burke)

Senate District 19 (Hastings) and House Districts 37 (McDermed) and 38 (Riley)

Senate District 20 (Martinez) and House Districts 39 (Guzzardi) and 40 (Andrade)

Senate District 25 (Oberweis) and House Districts 49 (Fortner) and 50 (Wheeler)

Senate District 26 (Duffy) and House Districts 51 (Sullivan) and 52 (McSweeney)

Senate District 27 (Murphy) and House Districts 53 (Harris) and 54 (Morrison)

Senate District 29 (Morrison) and House Districts 57 (Nekritz) and 58 (Drury)

Senate District 30 (Link) and House Districts 59 (Sente) and 60 (Mayfield)

Senate District 32 (Althoff) and House Districts 63 (Franks) and 64 (Wheeler)

Senate District 33 (McConnaughay) and House Districts 65 (Andersson) and 66 (Tryon)

Senate District 35 (Syverson) and House Districts 69 (Sosnowski) and 70 (Pritchard)

Senate District 39 (Harmon) and House Districts 77 (Willis) and 78 (Lilly)

Senate District 40 (Hutchinson) and House Districts 79 (Cloonen) and 80 (DeLuca)

Senate District 41 (Radogno) and House Districts 81 (Sandack) and 82 (Durkin)

Senate District 47 (Sullivan) and House Districts 93 (Hammond) and 94 (Frese)

Senate District 51 (Rose) and House Districts 101 (Mitchell) and 102 (Brown)

Senate District 53 (Barickman) and House Districts 105 (Brady) and 106 (Bennett)

Senate District 57 (Claybourne) and House Districts 113 (Hoffman) and 114 (Jackson)

Senate District 59 (Forby) and House Districts 117 (Bradley) and 118 (Phelps)