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Illinois PIRG
Chicago Tribune
Abe Scarr

The well-documented decline in driving in Illinois and across the country does mean less state and federal gas-tax revenue, but does not necessitate any less support for maintaining our current transportation infrastructure, as referenced in the Tribune editorial on Sept. 8. Instead, it’s past time to reevaluate our transportation priorities and stop wasting taxpayer dollars on unnecessary new highway or highway expansion projects. By reallocating resources, we can maintain our current infrastructure and support the alternative transportation methods people are increasingly choosing. The Illiana Expressway is an excellent example of a project to scrap. The plan is based on Illinois Department of Transportation projections that driving will increase steadily over the next three decades, despite the fact that overall driving in the region has been declining...

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