By: Diane Benjamin
Normal will have to keep tossing money to their Tiger Grant Application Service. Just since May 2018, they have spent $348,389.08 trying to get free money: https://blnnews.com/2018/10/15/normal-is-following-the-plan/
The only BUILD (Tiger) grant in Illinois went to Springfield for high-speed rail – see PDF page 27: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/policy-initiatives/327856/build-fact-sheets-121118-355pm-update.pdf
The announcement was made yesterday.
Where is the other $22,000,000 coming from?
This article is from THREE years ago: https://www.progressiverailroading.com/high_speed_rail/article/The-Chicago-to-St-Louis-higher-speed-rail-project-nears-finish-line–46379
The cost of this project then was almost $2 BILLION dollars.
The goal was to make this 5 1/2 hour trip 4 1/2 hours. The cost is certainly much higher by now and the project isn’t close to done. Send thanks to Dick Durbin for this union payoff. The longer the project takes the better it is for them. How many billions is an hour worth?
I hope State Motor Fuel Tax isn’t going to this project. Even with a Constitutional Amendment stating it can only be used for roads, that doesn’t mean it is. According to this website: https://www.irtba.org/GasTax
$300,000,000 from the road fund was diverted to pay for transit. Transit, transit, . . . hum . . . would that be so Connect Transit can continue to destroy local infrastructure with empty buses?
Or, by transit do they mean rail?
Happy gas tax increase, even what’s left of the Republican party in Illinois isn’t fighting it.
Stealing more from you is how every level of government in Illinois operates, the party doesn’t matter.