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Blue-Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Policy

The importance of Illinois’ vast multimodal transportation system to the travelling public, quality of life for citizens, and its influence on local and regional economies of Illinois and the United States require transportation programs and policies be considered proactively and in a forward leaning manner.  Therefore, the Illinois General Assembly created SB0849 (20 ILCS 4116) the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Policy to execute the following duties

The Commission shall:

  1. Evaluate current transportation funding in Illinois, taking into account the viability of existing revenue sources and funding distributions.
  2. Consider new and innovative funding options.
  3. Evaluate the existing governance of Illinois' transportation system, including roles and responsibilities for the state and county, township, and municipal governments.
  4. Evaluate current and future workforce needs to design, construct, and manage the state's transportation system within the Illinois Department of Transportation and within the State as a whole.
  5. Evaluate current and future data needs of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
  6. Consider and recommend steps to expedite project approval and completion.
  7. Consider future trends that will impact the transportation system, including safety needs, racial equity, electric vehicles, and climate change.
  8. Consider ways to improve transportation investment impacts on goals such as improving racial equity, addressing climate change, and increasing economic growth.
  9. Consider improvements to the performance-based programming system.
  10. Consider multimodal system needs, including public transportation, bicycle facilities, railways, waterways, and airports.
  11. Consider alternative solutions employed by other states.

Here is information on the Commission and appointments: Office of Executive Appointments - Appointments - Boards and Commissions Detail View (illinois.gov)

Here is the legislation that reenacted the Commission:  SB0849

Meetings

2024 Meeting Dates

Meeting Documents:

June 18, 2024

Agenda | Presentation

May 28, 2024

Agenda | Presentation | Meeting Minutes

March 26, 2024

Agenda

January 30, 2024

Agenda | Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2023

Agenda | Meeting Minutes

September 22, 2023

Agenda

August 11, 2023

Agenda | Meeting Minutes

July 27, 2023

Agenda | Meeting Minutes

February 15, 2023

Agenda | Meeting Minutes

The meetings are open to the public.  To attend, please contact Holly Bieneman at Holly.Bieneman@Illinois.gov

Resources

The duties of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding and Policy are similar to many of the activities required to prepare a federally compliant State Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  This planning process is underway.  The Illinois Department of Transportation intends to develop technical memorandum in conjunction with the LRTP to provide background information and assist the commission with accomplishing their work.

The following memorandum are proposed:

1)      Transportation Funding Background-Complete

2)      Innovative Transportation Funding Options – Drafted

3)      Current and Future Data Needs - outlined

4)      Improvements to Performance-Based Programming - outlined

5)      Methods to Improve Investment Impacts

6)      Future Trends that will Impact Transportation

7)      Multimodal System Needs

8)      Existing Transportation Governance

9)      Expediting Project Development

10)   Current and Future Workforce Needs

These documents will be provided in the Resources Section once they are finalized.

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