After months of stop gap measures, Congress is poised to approve a $120 billion transportation bill today to fund highway and public transit projects over the next 27 months. The Washington Post reports that the bill remains biased toward highways, even as more Americans use public transit.
But Crain's Chicago Business finds parts of the bill Illinoisans should like. The legislation slightly increases the money in the state's formula highway fund, money that is largely used for routine road work. Also, there is federal "new start" funding for public transit infrastructure projects, including cash that might be available to rebuild, and possibly extend, the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line.