Did You Know?

Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Rep. LaHood nominated as Sec. of Transportation

Re: Ray LaHood’s nomination

The Active Transportation Alliance is excited and hopeful about President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood for the Secretary of Transportation appointment.

Rep. LaHood has been a longtime advocate for sensible transportation, defending Transportation Enhancements in 2003 and consistently supporting the development of multimodal transportation systems in Illinois.

We urge Rep. LaHood and President-elect Obama to establish transportation policies that adequately accommodate all Americans. From funding to policy, transportation options must be expanded. This means increased transit access and improved bicycling and walking conditions for people in urban, suburban and rural communities.

Between the upcoming Stimulus Economic Recovery Bill and next year’s Surface Transportation Authorization bill, this administration will have a unique opportunity to adequately fund all forms of transportation, including transit, bicycling and walking.

“Americans are in dire need of transportation options that are beneficial to their wallets, their communities and their environment,” said Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.