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García hails new push for roads, bridges, mass transit

Wants to ‘undo decades of racially motivated disinvestment’

From staff reports

Passage of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure last week was applauded by U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th), a member of the committee.

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U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García

The $547 billion, five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill directs federal investments in roads, bridges, mass transit and is part of President Biden’s plan to change national transportation policies to confront the climate crisis.

The Fourth Congressional District includes all or parts of Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Gage Park, Archer Heights and West Elsdon, as well as other city neighborhoods and suburban towns.

“The INVEST in America Act is an ambitious package that will bring our nation’s infrastructure into the 21st century and is a massive leap forward in our urgent efforts to address the climate crisis, García said. “I’m proud that many of my priorities are included in this bill, including record investments in public transit and passenger rail, new requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the advancement of equitable transit-oriented development, and the creation of thousands of good paying, union jobs. However, this bill could have been even bolder.

“Transportation policy is unequivocally a matter of social justice and equity,” the congressman continued. “Our built environment has been used to segregate black and brown communities and deprive working people from opportunities and jobs for decades. That’s why I worked with the Sierra Club and The Green New Deal Network– including Sunrise Movement, Center for Popular Democracy, MoveOn, Greenpeace US, and the Working Families Party, among others — on amendments to begin to undo decades of racially motivated disinvestment and environmental injustice inflicted on frontline communities.”

The INVEST in America Act includes the following policies and priorities of García:

  • Raising the minimum insurance requirement for motor carriers for the first time since the 1980s.
  • Bipartisan “Fix-it-First” provisions with U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8) that prioritize the maintenance of existing roads over building new ones and consider long-term lifecycle costs for new construction before building new roads.
  • Language from García’s legislation on equitable transit-oriented development that creates a Transit-Supportive Communities Office and provisions to strengthen affordable housing requirements in transit-oriented development.
  • The creation of a National Frontline Transit Workforce Development Center; and
  • Language from García’s Improving Access to Services and Jobs bills to include an Access Performance Metric in the INVEST Act to complement the greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements and investments.

The following requests from García were also included in the legislation:

  • City of Chicago Arterial Resurfacing – $9,357,677
  • 34th Street Modernization in Berwyn – $5,022,323
  • Blue Line’s Belmont Station Accessibility Design – $3,300,000
  • City of Chicago Traffic Signal Modernization – $1,350,000
  • PACE – Bus Rapid Transit Signal Prioritization along Cermak Road and Harlem Avenue – $900,000

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