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Quigley Launches “Mike on the Move” Transportation Tour with Visits to CTA Red and Purple Modernization Sites

Aug 20, 2014
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) kicked off “Mike on the Move,” a new effort highlighting how the federal government can support Chicago transportation and infrastructure. In the coming months the congressman will spotlight different modes of public transit, including crumbling infrastructure sites awaiting much needed improvements, projects currently undergoing renovation and sites that have been successfully completed. His first stop included visits to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stations that are beginning the modernization process to improve Red and Purple Line service.

“America’s crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth, and without serious long-term investments we simply will not be able to compete in today’s global economy,” said Rep. Quigley. “My role on the Appropriations Committee puts me in a unique position to help set our country’s funding priorities and plan for the future, while bringing much needed funding back to Chicago. From modernizing our century old transit system to expanding sustainable transportation projects, I look forward to showcasing how federal investments can grow our economy, create jobs and improve the livability of our community.”

At today’s inaugural “Mike on the Move” visit, Rep. Quigley toured the Belmont Station to observe the difference between infrastructure from the 2009 Brown Line Project and the original infrastructure that is still in use today. He visited the Clark Junction tower control room where six tracks – from the Red, Brown and Purple lines – converge, discussed the need for a flyover and met control tower operators. He finished the tour with a visit to the Argyle Station where he observed firsthand the impact narrow platforms have on riders and toured the crumbling embankment in the alley to the east of the station.

Future “Mike on the Move” events will highlight improvements to some of Chicago’s busiest streets and highways; projects that promote sustainability, including the PACE Bus System, the Divvy bike share program and revitalization projects like the 606/Bloomingdale Trail; positive train control implementation throughout the Metra system; and the national importance of Chicago’s freight network, among others.

Rep. Quigley is the only Illinois member currently serving on the House Appropriations Committee, where he has pushed for a long-term surface transportation bill and prioritized Chicago-area infrastructure investments as a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). He has helped secure $35 million in Core Capacity grants to benefit CTA and $61 million for projects to ease flooding in Cook County. Most recently he fought for increased funding for the TIGER grant program to benefit both highways and pedestrian projects.