I just heard from America Bike’s fantastic lobbyist, Caron Whitaker, that the lack of support from so much of the Illinois delegation, particularly the Republicans, has been instrumental in forcing House leadership to delay its awful transportation bill.
Republican Representatives Biggert, Dold, Johnson and Klinzinger are opposing the bill as written. The House bill (HR 7) would eliminate dedicated federal funding for transit, walking and biking and direct that funding instead to roads. This is especially troubling for a region like ours where one third of all trips are by foot, bike and transit. The Sun Times and the Tribune have come out against the bill, as well.
This fight is far from over, and even our supporters in Congress need to hear from us to not compromise and give away dedicated funding for transit, walking and biking.
Learn more and contact your U.S. Representatives today! And thanks to everyone who has already responded.