Thank you to everyone in Illinois who contacted their legislators in recent weeks to show support for trains!
Together, we gained funding commitments for new Amtrak routes and an all-new dedicated fund for transit projects.Perhaps the single biggest achievement is the doubling of the state’s gas tax. This effectively restores the power of the tax that had been lost to inflation since it was last adjusted nearly 30 years ago. (It’s worth noting that transit fares have roughly doubled over the same period.) And, the tax will now be indexed to rise with inflation every year.