No program is more critical to the economy of Illinois than federal funding for transportation needs. From its origin as the railroad capital of the nation and its development as the hub of major east-west interstate highways, to hosting the world's busiest airport and serving as a vital link for the nation's water traffic, Illinois has served as the central conduit for the nation's commerce. Thus, the economies of Illinois and the nation are inextricably related.
Illinois' transportation system plays a pivotal role in the nation's ability to move goods and people because of its geographic location and extensive road, rail, airport, and waterway networks.
Maintaining its role as the transportation hub of the nation is a vital economic strategy for Illinois. Challenges to the quality and capacity of the Illinois transportation system are extensive and rising.
In order to speak with one voice about these issues, TFIC has consciously avoided prioritizing projects or programs because to do so has, in the past, resulted in division and parochialism along modal or geographic lines.
While TFIC's constituent groups may debate the relative importance of any specific mode of transportation, program or project, all agree that the comprehensive approach to transportation funding is the best hope for improving all transportation systems throughout the state. TFIC calls upon its elected officials in Illinois and Washington to do likewise.