Transition report calls for Mayor Johnson to be champion for public transit
July 13, 2023
A group of civic leaders, transportation experts, and community advocates is urging Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson to help secure sustainable funding for public transit and build a faster, more reliable system across the region.
After winning the runoff election in April, Mayor Johnson formed a transition team to help shape his policy agenda for the next four years. This included a transportation subcommittee co-chaired by RTA Board Chairman Kirk Dillard, along with State Rep. Kam Buckner and Elevated Chicago Executive Director Roberto Requejo.
The group of more than 30 experts from across industries and sectors spent the last two months developing policy recommendations for the new Mayor and his team. Many committee members also played key roles in the development of RTA’s strategic plan Transit is the Answer, so they were familiar with the challenges the system is facing and what steps need to be taken to strengthen it.
The final report, released in July, provides a “blueprint for creating a more just and vibrant city for all” in 11 different policy areas. The transportation vision is “a regional transit system that sets achievable expectations for service frequency driven by community needs, racial equity, and justice and consistently meets them” and “CTA, Metra, and Pace trips are competitive with private cars and ride-hailing apps in terms of speed and convenience.”
Following are some of the committee’s near- and long-term recommendations for Mayor Johnson and the public transit system. Many of these ideas are also featured in RTA’s strategic plan Transit is the Answer, and the agency is working to implement them with the operating agencies and partners from across the region.
RTA looks forward to working with Mayor Johnson and partners from across the region to continue to advance these critical policy goals and make the committee’s vision a reality.
If you’d like to help secure sustainable transit funding and build a stronger transit system for all residents, join RTA’s Transit is the Answer Coalition. More than 100 riders, elected officials, advocates, and other stakeholders are meeting virtually on a quarterly basis to help advance RTA’s strategic plan and discuss ways to support and advocate for transit’s future in the Chicago region.
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