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Quigley, CTA President Participate in Transportation and Housing Equity Hearing

Mar 25, 2021
Press Release

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:

“It’s no accident that our first Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee hearing is on creating equitable communities. It is vital that we tackle the housing crisis in this country and build the infrastructure of the future in a way that empowers and lifts all Americans, regardless of where they live or their socio-economic status,” said Quigley. “I was proud to introduce CTA President Dorval Carter before his testimony in front of our committee today, and I stand committed to working with my colleagues to advance a vision of infrastructure that works for all”

Video of Quigley introducing Carter during the hearing is available HERE. The text of Quigley’s introduction as prepared for delivery is included below.

Video of Quigley questioning Carter about CTA’s response to the pandemic and building an equitable future for CTA is available HERE.

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you to Chairman Price for scheduling this hearing and compiling such an impressive panel of experts to testify before us today.

I would like to take a moment to introduce someone I have had the immense pleasure of working with for more than 5 years now- Dorval R. Carter, Jr. is President of the Chicago Transit Authority, the nation’s second-largest transit agency.

In normal circumstances, CTA provides approximately 1.5 million rides on an average weekday and serves the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs.

President Carter, and his one hundred thousand employees, carries out CTA’s mission of delivering quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs, and communities.

Appointed as CTA President in 2015, Mr. Carter has overseen more than $8B of projects completed, begun or announced—including the largest construction project in CTA history, the Red and Purple Modernization, which this committee helped fund. 

Prior to becoming CTA President, Mr. Carter served as the Acting Chief of Staff to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and as Acting Deputy Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as well as FTA’s Chief Counsel.

Mr. Carter is the recipient of the 2021 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship Award and the 2019 Motorola Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award from the Civic Federation of Chicago.

A graduate of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr. Carter also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.

I know I speak for everyone on this subcommittee when I say that we are delighted to welcome President Carter in front of the committee today and I look forward to hearing his testimony.