The following letter was sent to House Speaker Mike Madigan after he abolished the Mass Transit Committee. It was signed by last year’s Republican Spokesman, Mike Tryon, plus members Patti Bellock, Mike Fortner, David Harris, Jeanne Ives, Ron Sandack, Ed Sullivan and Barbara Wheeler.
As minority party members of the 98th General Assembly’s House Mass Transit Committee, we would like to formally express out disappointment in your decision to discontinue with the committee in the 99th General Assembly.
Last year our committee accomplished a great deal with regard to improving transparency, accountability and ethical behavior for those who serve on the Regional Transportation Authority and its service boards. At the conclusion of our 98th General Assembly efforts, committee members from both parties agreed that while our reforms represented a valiant first step, a lot more work remained to be done.As you know, our RTA region ranks as the third largest transit system in the country with more than two million rides per weekday provided to Illinoisans living in the Authority’s six-county region. The aging system creates performance and safety challenges that legislators must address. In this new General Assembly, lawmakers will also be asked to address the significant capital needs of our mass transit system and requests for expanded and redesigned service.
For these reasons, we are further requesting that you please reconsider your decision to discontinue with this important committee and add a House Mass Transit Committee to the list of committees that will meet during the 99th General Assembly.