In an effort to save our state money and improve transportation, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) filed Senate Bill 1594 that would combine the Regional Transportation Authority and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create a new agency. 

The new 18-member board would be appointed by several different groups including the mayor of Chicago, president of the Cook County Board and governor. 

Other groups that would have representation on the board include:
     •  Five members appointed by the Chairmen of Dupage, Kane, Lake, McHenry Counties and the County Executive of Will County
     •  Three members appointed by the Governor
     •  A 19th non-voting board member appointed by the Kendall County Chairman

The consolidated board would receive no compensation. 

“We need to avoid excessive bureaucracy and run our state more efficiently. This is a great opportunity to make that happen,” Link said. “Combining transit and regional planning will not only reduce overhead costs, it will lead to better investments and bring together area leaders to focus less on competing and more on doing whatever it takes to make our region great.”

Link said SB 1954 would eliminate unnecessary and duplicative functions within CMAP, RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace. 

The legislation was recently filed in the Illinois Senate and awaits debate. 

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