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Chicago transportation organizations praise thoughtful transit funding dispersal

Update: Heeding our call, the Regional Transportation Authority approved the proposed process for allocating funding from the second COVID relief bill. For more information on RTA’s decision, see a staff memo describing these allocations and a Sustaining Critical Transit in 2021 report, and a YouTube video of the full Board meeting is also available.

ELPC and a coalition of Chicago-area organizations sent a supportive letter to the Regional Transportation Authority, on their transparent and data-driven approach to allocating the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act transit funding. The letter reads, in part:

“The approach proposed to distribute CRRSAA funding among the service boards was a welcome innovation, given its transparent use of data to prioritize support of operations during the COVID-19 crisis… We support your attention to defining transit Critical Need Areas. A combined approach which includes data on transit propensity, regional equity, and high mobility industries is a critical and promising strategy… As relief funding is deployed, we encourage the RTA to evaluate how the allocation impacts mobility outcomes — with a focus on racial equity — and to continue evolving data-driven methods in the future. Our organizations would be happy to assist the RTA in these efforts.”

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Signed by:

Active Transportation Alliance

Center for Neighborhood Technology Chaddick Institute at DePaul University

Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago

Elevated Chicago

Environmental Law & Policy Center

High Speed Rail Alliance

Illinois Environmental Council

Metropolitan Planning Council

Respiratory Health Association

Shared-Use Mobility Center

Union of Concerned Scientists

Kevin Brubaker,

Deputy Director

Kevin Brubaker is the deputy director of ELPC, with chief financial management and organizational administrative responsibilities, and leads the organization's transportation work.

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