SPRINGFIELD – Suburban public transit could see a larger share of Regional Transportation Authority funding under a plan introduced by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

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

“This discretionary money is being doled out under an old, lopsided system. Suburban commuters are losing out on millions because this funding isn’t covered by the same rules,” Cullerton said.

In 2008, state lawmakers updated RTA’s funding formula so money from a regional sales tax and state funds would be distributed more evenly: 48% for CTA, 39% for Metra and 13% for Pace.

The Illinois Department of Transportation provides RTA’s discretionary funding, which is calculated off of the existing local sales tax. In 2013, when RTA divided $185 million of discretionary funding CTA received 98% or $181 million, Pace received 2% equaling $3.7 million and Metra was given a flat amount of $7 million from higher than expected sales taxes.

If RTA divided that same $185 million based on the 2008 formula the breakdown would have been roughly: $88.8 million for CTA, $72.2 million for Metra and $24 million for Pace.

Cullerton introduced the plan as an amendment to existing legislation, Senate Bill 2610.


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