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Quigley Champions Local Transportation & Infrastructure Projects

Apr 27, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, announced his support for five projects that he has submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee for funding as part of surface transportation authorization legislation.

“Anyone who has ever lived in or visited Chicago knows how important strong infrastructure is to our city. We rely on it for work, to visit our friends and family, and for recreation in our free time. I’m proud to support five projects that will improve our transportation and infrastructure and make Chicago a more accessible, more connected place for everyone,” said Quigley. “The work doesn’t end here. I will continue to collaborate with my colleagues in the coming weeks and months to advocate on behalf of these projects, and Chicago as a whole, and I hope to see them funded soon.”

As they do every five years, the House T&I Committee is preparing to advance surface transportation authorization legislation this spring. As part of this process, each member has been invited to submit up to five Member Designated Projects for consideration. Member Designated Projects funded through surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation. These projects are separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for considering Community Project Funding requests. Submission of a project does not guarantee that the project will be funded.

Listed below are the five projects Quigley has submitted to the T&I Committee:

CTA – Blue Line’s Irving Park Stop

  • CTA’s All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Strategic Plan is a blueprint for making all of CTA's rail stations fully accessible to all customers. The ASAP plan includes the rehabilitation and/or replacement of all 160+ existing station elevators, as well as enhancements to rail system signage and wayfinding to make it easier and more intuitive for people who are deaf, blind, and visually impaired. This project would help facilitate badly needed improvements at the Irving Park stop on the Blue Line, including the addition of two new station houses equipped with customer assistance kiosks. The Irving Park Station project enjoys wide support from the disability community, including Access Living, in addition to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Transit Authority President and Board.
  • The project sponsor for this project is the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the project is located at the Irving Park CTA Station on 4131 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613.
  • Requested Amount: $4,330,000
  • For more information on this project, please see the project’s entry on the Transportation Improvement Program HERE.
  • Click HERE to read the required financial conflict disclosure letter.

PACE – Cermark Road

  • Cermak Road is one of the corridors with the heaviest bus ridership in Pace’s Bus service area and is a top priority for the construction of a Pulse (rapid transit) Line between Cicero and Wheaton. Transit signal priority (TSP) creates shorter travel times for bus riders because it allows buses to communicate with traffic signals. This project will implement TSP on Cermak Road in western Cook and eastern DuPage Counties to help make public transit on this route safe, efficient, and reliable. When we invest in public transportation, it creates greater incentives for commuters to use transit, helping to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, create job access for those most in need, and drive economic development for local businesses.
  • The project sponsor for this project is Pace and the project is located on Cermak Road in Westchester, IL 60154; Oak Brook, IL 60523; and Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.
  • Requested Amount: $390,000
  • For more information on this project, please see the project’s entry on the Transportation Improvement Program HERE.
  • Click HERE to read the required financial conflict disclosure letter.

606 Multiuse Trail

  • This project extends the multiuse trail known as The 606 from Ashland Avenue to Elston Avenue, a distance of approximately 1050 feet, in order to provide a safe connection between the east and west sides of the Kennedy Expressway and UP Railroad tracks. The 606 will be located below the Kennedy Bridge and under the UP Railroad tracks. The existing conditions require that current users of The 606 must use sidewalks on Ashland Avenue or travel on Paulina Street, which has no bike lanes, to get to Cortland Street, the closest street with designated bike lanes. The intersection at Cortland Street and Ashland Avenue is a particular challenge, as it is under the Kennedy Expressway viaduct and Metra bridges.
  • The project sponsor for this project is Cook County and the project is located at 1800 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 & 60642.
  • Requested Amount: $1,500,000
  • For more information on this project, please see the project’s entry on the Transportation Improvement Program HERE.
  • Click HERE to read the required financial conflict disclosure letter.

Rehabilitative Resurfacing of Ill 64 North Ave - I-294 to Harlem Ave & N Frontage Rd - 7th Ave to 5th Ave

  • The project consists of rehabilitative resurfacing and replacing non-compliant curb ramps to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The resurfacing will address the pavement condition and prolong the lifespan of the existing pavement while the proposed curb ramp work will enhance accessibility for non-motorized users with disabilities.
  • The project sponsor for this project is the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) D1 Hwys and the project is located Ill 64 North Ave - I-294 to Harlem Ave & N Frontage Rd - 7th Ave to 5th Ave (Elmwood Park, IL 60707; Melrose Park, IL 60160; Northlake, IL 60164; River Forest, IL 60305; and River Grove, IL 60171).
  • Requested Amount: $7,920,000
  • For more information on this project, please see the project’s entry on the Transportation Improvement Program HERE.
  • Click HERE to read the required financial conflict disclosure letter.

Rehabilitative Resurfacing of Belmont Avenue - 25th Ave to W of Elm St, Franklin Park

  • The project consists of rehabilitative resurfacing and replacing non-compliant curb ramps to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The resurfacing will address the pavement condition and prolong the lifespan of the existing pavement while the proposed curb ramp work will enhance accessibility for non-motorized users with disabilities.
  • The project sponsor for this project is the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the project is located on Belmont Avenue – 25th Avenue to West of Elm St, Franklin Park, IL 60131.
  • Requested Amount: $588,000
  • For more information on this project, please see the project’s entry on the Transportation Improvement Program HERE.
  • Click HERE to read the required financial conflict disclosure letter.