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Senators Watson and Radogno discuss capital spending with Business Leaders for Transportation

A report on the fall quarterly Business Leaders for Transportation member meetings.

The fall quarterly meeting of Business Leaders for Transportation featured an intimate conversation with Ill. Sens. Frank Watson (R-Greenville) and Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) about the need for a new state capital program. After listening to informative presentations by Darcy Davidsmeyer of the STAR Line Alliance, Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Jim Reilly, and Rick Harnish of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association detailing the extent of the need for investments in regional transit, the senators discussed the obstacles and opportunities for passing an effective capital bill.

One of the key themes of the discussion was the Senate Republican Caucus’ lack of trust around the governor’s capital project selection process. Though both Minority Leader Watson and Sen. Radogno, who is running for state treasurer, both agreed the state needs a new and large capital plan, they were not convinced the General Assembly would be able to pass a plan unless the project selection process became more transparent and delivered true transportation solutions for the state. The senators also emphasized the need for transit advocates, including Business Leaders for Transportation, to do more to excite public support in suburban areas for significant investments in our trains and buses.

Thanks to all the presenters for their compelling presentations on the local, regional and state transit opportunities. Business Leaders for Transportation will continue to work with these groups as we collectively progress towards passing a transparent and criteria-driven capital bill in 2007.

Save the Date! Next Business Leaders for Transportation member meeting: Friday, December 1, 2006, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

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