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CTA President Ron Huberman discusses the “New CTA”

Candid conversation focuses on the realities of securing sufficient transit funding for Northeastern Illinois.

The summer quarterly member meeting of Business Leaders for Transportation featured an intimate conversation with new CTA President Ron Huberman about current CTA priorities including the realities of securing sufficient transit funding.

Huberman candidly discussed the CTA 2007 Contingency Plan for becoming a fiscally sound and healthy transit agency. His presentation walked members through the various options and the agency’s final recommendation of a combination of administrative cuts, service reduction, fare increases, and capital transfer to fill temporarily the $100 million deficit.

RTA Chairman Jim Reilly then reported on legislative developments in Springfield to fund the region’s transit system, and advised Business Leaders for Transportation how it could be a constructive force pushing for immediate legislative action. The RTA bill (HB1841), currently being debated, lays out an equitable and balanced funding plan for the entire regional transit system and includes provisions on CTA pension reform and the power to create the Innovation, Coordination and Enhancement (ICE) Fund, a new instrument to fund shorter-term, lower-cost service enhancements and projects that promote innovation and coordination.

After the presentations, Huberman, Reilly, and Business Leaders’ members discussed the fiscal troubles of Metra and Pace, the status of the universal fare card, and other financing options for the CTA, including the probability of switching to a distance-based fare system.

In addition, Frank Beal, executive director of Chicago Metropolis 2020, and Peter Skosey , vice president of external relations of Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), presented updates on state legislative developments their respective organizations are currently pursuing.

Metropolis 2020 has been collaborating with legislators on amending the Regional Planning Act to complete the transition of the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and Chicago Area Transportation Study into the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Skosey noted that the legislation authorizing the use of Public-Private Partnerships as an option to maximize transportation investments has been tabled until the fall veto session in order to address concerns related to labor and union protection, revenue distribution, and other issues.

Save the Date! The next Business Leaders for Transportation member meeting is Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Read more about 2007 CTA Contingency Plan .

Read more about RTA Reform: SB572 – Amendment 1.

Read more about RTA Reform: SB572 – Amendment 2.

Read more about Regional Planning Act changes .

Learn more about Moving Beyond Congestion.

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