The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday carried a big story on traffic congestion. Someone in the flatland realizes that there a few things more important that fattening up the road builders.
From the story:
"The first thing this report reinforces is the need for the legislature and the governor to resolve the transit crisis," said William Baltutis, executive director of the Transportation Management Association of Lake-Cook. "It's one more reason why we need a long-term funding resolution for mass transit."
The association works with Pace, Metra and businesses to promote wider use of shuttles and van pools to connect workers with commuter trains. Shuttle Bug ridership increased 8.5 percent from 2005 to 2006, Baltutis said.
A consensus has emerged among transportation professionals that building more roads is not the solution.
Michael Bolton, deputy executive director at Pace, predicts that when the 12.5-mile extension of Interstate Highway 355 in Will County opens in November, it will be immediately clogged with vehicles stretching from Interstate Highway 55 to Interstate Highway 80.
Bigger freeways are not the answer in Illinois or in Wisconsin.