032114 js 0113CLSPRINGFIELD – The two-option budget introduced by Governor Pat Quinn yesterday maintains State financed discretionary funding given to Regional Transportation Authority.

However, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is sponsoring a plan under that would direct more of that state funding to commuter public transit systems Metra and Pace.

The proposal, under consideration in the Senate, requires RTA to divide its discretionary funds between Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transportation Authority at the same rate as other state funding.

“Regardless of what happens with this year’s budget, suburban commuters deserve a larger, more-balanced share of this money. For some reason it has been accepted that this discretionary funding is special and so it’s been unfairly given to CTA,” Cullerton said.

“Metra, the CTA and Pace all provide services that contribute to the economic well-being of the entire region.  We look forward to continuing discussions regarding the discretionary fund; particularly Metra’s participation as the fund grows,” said Metra CEO Don Orseno. 

Under state law, RTA currently distributes normal state funds under a formula updated in 2008: 48% for CTA, 39% for Metra and 13% for Pace.

Last year the discretionary funds were divvied out so CTA received 98%, Pace received 2% and Metra was given a flat amount based on higher-than-expected sales taxes.

The plan is an amendment to Senate Bill 2610 and will be debated in subcommittee in the following weeks.

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