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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SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn outlined his 2015 budget to lawmakers Wednesday. In it he called for extending the current 5 percent income tax rate that was set to expire next year.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) reacted to Quinn’s proposals.

“Cutting education, sacrificing veteran services and eliminating care for the developmentally disabled is unacceptable. We need to look for responsible alternatives, but I don’t think the only thing on the table should be a tax increase,” Cullerton said.

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041113br0175SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn and state officials announced $282.8 million of funding for an expansion of the interstates surrounding O’Hare Airport. This funding for the Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project will reduce congestion and improve west suburban access to the interstate system.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) sponsored a resolution last year authorizing the project.

“This project is an important step in the across-the-board-improvements to suburban transportation. We are reinvesting in our roadways, improving safety and promoting vital economic development,” Cullerton said.

This project is part of a $1.4 billion tollway improvement project announced Friday.

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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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