Quigley’s “Mike on the Move” Tour Explores 606 Trail
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) took his “Mike on the Move” transportation initiative back to Chicago’s trails, exploring the 2.7 miles of the 606 Trail along the Bloomingdale Rail Line. “Mike on the Move” emphasizes how the federal government can support Chicago transportation and infrastructure investments.
“The 606 trail is a bold reinvention of a dormant old rail line that spoiled the neighborhood charm of Logan Square, Bucktown and Humbolt Park for years,” said Rep. Quigley. “I had the pleasure of touring the line in October when it was still under construction; so to come back today and see all of the families and neighbors walking, biking and running the trail is great. There are still bumps to work out and side projects to complete, but I’m hopeful that the success of the 606 Trail will inspire other similar projects around the city.”
Rep. Quigley’s ride started at Walsh Playground Park and moved west along the trail. He learned about future projects from Beth White, Chicago Region Director for The Trust for Public Land, like the edition of the Spaulding ramp and a future park at the Ridgeway ramp, both currently held up due to the budget impasse in Springfield.
“Congressman Quigley has been a long-time supporter of The 606 and green space projects throughout the Chicago area,” said Beth White, Chicago Region Director for The Trust for Public Land. “We look forward to working alongside Congressman Quigley to make all our neighborhoods green, healthy, transportation-friendly, and put a park within a 10-minute walk of everyone.”
The 606 Trail, Chicago’s new 2.7 mile, is a multi-use recreational trail and park along the elevated Bloomingdale Rail Line, which has been out of use since the 1990’s. It provides nearly three miles of much-needed open green space and link four diverse city neighborhoods with the elevated trail and six neighborhood parks. The park serves 80,000 neighbors, including 20,000 children within a ten minute walk. A great example of a public/private partnership at work, the 606 Trail is a mix of federal, state and local funding, as well as private and corporate philanthropy.
As Illinois’ only member on the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Quigley 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.
Previous “Mike on the Move” events highlighted Chicago’s Metra system’s century-old switching tower and Amerail passenger car rehabilitation project, new pedestrian and bike infrastructure projects, and visits to CTA Red and Purple line modernization sites.