Our transportation infrastructure has been the backbone of our economic success for generations. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth, hurting our ability to create jobs, and endangering our very well-being. Now more than ever, it is important to invest in long-term projects that aim to modernize our national infrastructure, provide efficient and safe transportation of goods and people, and reduce congestion and pollution, including harmful climate-warming greenhouse gasses.
Rep. Quigley toured Chicago bike paths with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Forest Preserves of Cook County to discuss bike and pedestrian friendly transportation investments.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have prioritized Chicago-area infrastructure investment from my position as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD). I have championed robust funding for our nation’s transportation infrastructure and brought over $1 billion in federal funding back to my city and state for vital infrastructure projects.
Since coming to Congress, I have helped lead the charge to reauthorize transportation infrastructure investments for highways, rail, and mass transit, and I will continue to fight to bring funding certainty to states, localities, and businesses as they complete critical infrastructure projects. Additionally, I believe that our infrastructure investments must extend beyond roads and bridges and address funding challenges relating to airports, waterways, drinking water infrastructure, the power grid, railways, and public transit. I’ve fought for increased funding to make public transit more accessible and user-friendly to seniors and Americans with disabilities.
Transparency and accountability are critical for responsible infrastructure spending and that’s why I launched my “Mike on the Move” initiative in 2014 to highlight the Chicago region’s transportation needs.
Rep. Quigley knows how important public transit and infrastructure are to Chicago and the Fifth District. To show the importance of securing federal funding for various projects, he started "Mike on the Move."
Reliable, safe, and affordable transportation options are indispensable to ensuring the continued prosperity of our nation. Renewing and reinvigorating America’s transportation infrastructure will require forward-thinking investments in our nation’s roads, trails, and rails. As a country, we should be doing everything we can to ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure to support a 21st century economy. I will continue to emphasize how the federal government can support these essential investments.
As they do every five years, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is advancing surface transportation legislation. As part of this process, Members of Congress have the ability to submit requests before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for projects within their district. To ensure oversight, transparency, and accountability throughout the process, Members who submit a Member Designated Project request must also post the request online to their official House.gov website. Click here to learn more about the five projects Quigley has presented before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) questioned Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg about the future of public transportation during a hearing held by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development. Quigley’s questions came during a hearing on the FY2022 Budget Request for the Department of Transportation and the American Jobs Plan.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to call for the establishment of a federal highway administration hazard mitigation program. Additionally, Quigley spoke about his goal of crafting an infrastructure package that will mitigate the financial toll that COVID-19 has had on our museums, zoos, and aquariums and support Illinois’ park districts.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. participated in a hearing on “Creating Equitable Communities Through Transportation and Housing” held by the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. Quigley praised CTA’s efforts to provide equitable service to all Chicagoans and held up Chicago’s transit system as a possible example for other cities.
Following the hearing, Quigley released the following statement:
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) led members of the Illinois House Delegation in a letter to Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation Omer Osman urging for the modification and reprioritization of transportation projects and programs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Illinoisans are traveling differently and federal funds are limited for transportation systems, the letter calls for changes to the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital program to adjust to the new reality.
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), announced that the Chicago Transit Red and Purple Modernization Phase 1 project will receive a $100 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will be used for ongoing improvements to the Red and Purple heavy rail lines on the north side of Chicago.