On November 7, Riders for Better Transit attended the Metra hearing on the proposed 2013 budget and strategic plan.
Over the summer, Metra invited riders to review its strategic plan at a series of open houses.
We emailed our members and spread the word in our blog about potential cuts for active trans
At noon today, Gov. Pat Quinn will introduce his proposed budget for FY 2010 that begins on July 1, 2009. The proposed budget for the Illinois Department of Transportation will decrease from $2.39 billion to $2.32 billion. State funds for the Illinois Department of Transportation are being cut but federal funds increased (thanks to the federal stimulus bill). Included in the IDOT cut is a $2 million cut for the Traffic Safety Division (to about $32 million). Gov. Quinn proposes to maintain state support for Amtrak at $28 million a year. He also proposes increases for many downstate public transit agencies but some cuts for Chicago area mass transit.