The Daily Herald Business Ledger ran an op ed by Steve Schlickman, executive director of the Urban Transportation Center, on the need for a long-range plan the cost of repairing the Chicago region’s highway and transit systems. Schlickman say Metra’s fare increase to cover capital costs for infrastructure is rare, but a step in the right direction.
Most would agree that our surface transportation infrastructure, roads and bridges, mass transit systems, and bicycle and pedestrian ways, should be kept in good condition with sufficient capacity to ensure adequate mobility, technically known as a “state of good repair.”
Our societal needs depend on that.
However, elected officials don’t believe that constituents are willing to pay for the investment.