GEL PERISCOPE: Glen Ellyn Commuters Impacted by Pending U.S. House Cuts to Local Transit

Glen Ellyn commuters could be impacted by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee decision to cut $450 million a year for CTA, Metra and Pace capital improvement projects.

According to Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago-area mass-transit leaders are screaming at the top of their lungs about a bill awaiting a vote in the U.S. House that they say could cost the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace as much as $450 million a year in capital funds.

The measure, which was approved early Friday by the House Ways and Means Committee, also is drawing fire from the Illinois Department of Transportation, which told members of the state's congressional delegation that it would reduce Illinois' share of federal highway funds by nearly $900 million over the next five years.

Potentially in the middle of this brawl is U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, a member of both House GOP leadership and the Ways and Means Committee, and an official whose district is heavily served by Metra.

Mr. Roskam voted for the measure in committee and released a statement noting that the bill would authorize a one-time, $40 billion appropriation for transit out of general federal revenues. He did not specify whether that money would be borrowed or cut from other federal programs.

Potentially in the middle of this brawl is U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, a member of both House GOP leadership and the Ways and Means Committee, and an official whose district is heavily served by Metra.

Mr. Roskam voted for the measure in committee and released a statement noting that the bill would authorize a one-time, $40 billion appropriation for transit out of general federal revenues. He did not specify whether that money would be borrowed or cut from other federal programs.

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