As a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I recognize the importance of a dependable transportation infrastructure to a strong national economy. Moreover, I understand that Illinois operates as the nation's transportation hub. Chicago's O'Hare International consistently ranks as one of the world's busiest airports, all of the nation's freight rail carriers converge in Illinois, the state's highway system serves as the crossroads of America and we are home to the second largest mass transit system in the country.
To maintain the state's status as the nation's transportation epicenter, I have worked to make sure federal transportation policy recognizes Illinois’ transportation network and the role it plays in the nation’s economic well being and future.
I have also worked to make sure every region of Illinois receives its fair share of federal transportation funds. For every $1 billion spent on transportation infrastructure, it is estimated that 24,000 new jobs are supported. These are good jobs, building transportation infrastructure that will help economies in rural Illinois and metropolitan Chicago. Through continued efforts to increase federal transportation funding for Illinois, I am committed to the creation of thousands of new jobs for Illinois families.
I have recently fought to protect Illinois’ federal share of highway formula funds. These funds are critical to Illinois maintaining and expanding our vast road network. The last surface transportation bill included formula and project specific funding that helped build major highway, road and bridge infrastructure throughout the state, including a rebuilt Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, new Mississippi River bridges being built near St. Louis and the Quad Cities, and an expansion of roadways in the suburbs of Chicago. I will work to make sure Illinois receives the funding it needs to keep our road network in a state of good repair and handle the traffic of the future.
|3/6/12||Durbin Meets With Champaign Chamber to Discuss Regional Transportation Priorities|
|2/24/12||Durbin: House Republicans Right to Drop Partisan Transportation Bill that Would Decimate Local Projects and Transit Systems|
|2/23/12||Durbin Joins Mayor Spring and Cape Air to Dedicate Newly-Opened Maintenance Facility at Quincy Regional Airport|
|2/21/12||Durbin: House Republicans Should Go Back to Drawing Board on Transportation Bill|
|2/10/12||Durbin Announces Nearly $2 Million in Federal Funding for Springfield Transit|
|2/9/12||Durbin, Quinn Applaud Nearly $2 Million Federal Investment in Rockford Multi-Modal Station|
|2/7/12||Durbin: Congress Approves Bill to Protect Essential Air Service for Illinois Communities|
|2/6/12||Congress Approves Durbin Provision to Encourage Partnerships Between Air and Rail Travel|
|2/6/12||Congress Approves Durbin Provision to Encourage Sustainable Airport Design|
|2/6/12||Durbin Commends Amtrak and Metra for Actions to Lower Pollution, Calls on Old Post Office Owner to Cooperate|