transportation http://peoriapublicradio.org en What’s the best way to fund Illinois road projects? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/what-s-best-way-fund-illinois-road-projects <div>Some Illinois lawmakers say the key to transportation funding is improving public awareness. &nbsp;That was the message from a panel speaking at the annual I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. State Senator Karen McConnaughay says getting more input from chambers of commerce, residents and businesses could make transportation funding more efficient than approving a multi-year capital bill:</div><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:22:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21552 at http://peoriapublicradio.org What’s the best way to fund Illinois road projects? Central Illinois bridges, roads slated for new state funding http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/central-illinois-bridges-roads-slated-new-state-funding <div>Illinois will invest another $8.6 billion into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he’s not saying where the money should come from.</div><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:58:35 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21550 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Central Illinois bridges, roads slated for new state funding Transportation conference includes Washington recovery lessons http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/transportation-conference-includes-washington-recovery-lessons <div>Communities affected by a natural disaster need to both physically respond and take time to calculate accurate damage estimates. That's according to Washington Engineer Ed Andrews speaking at the I-CAT Transportation Conference in East Peoria. He says state and federal deadlines to submit damage assessments kick-in soon after a disaster:</div><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:28:48 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21483 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Transportation conference includes Washington recovery lessons LaHood joins Proterra board of directors http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lahood-joins-proterra-board-directors <p>Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is joining the Board of Directors for Proterra. &nbsp;The company makes electric bus fleets. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:06:41 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19132 at http://peoriapublicradio.org LaHood joins Proterra board of directors Peoria to name intersection after Ray LaHood http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-name-intersection-after-ray-lahood <p>The City of Peoria is naming the Main and Monroe Street intersection after one of its most notable residents. The naming will honor former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next week.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:56:17 +0000 Alex Rusciano 14139 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria to name intersection after Ray LaHood Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/obama-nominates-successor-ray-lahood <p>President Barack Obama is nominating a replacement for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. &nbsp;Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the department. &nbsp;Foxx is the first black nominee among Obama's picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. If confirmed, Foxx will replace Secretary LaHood, who was one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration. &nbsp;LaHood says he intends to spend time in Peoria after leaving. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:06:11 +0000 Alex Rusciano 4793 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood Quinn aims to improve roads http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-aims-improve-roads <p></p><div>Illinois will invest nearly 13 billion dollars on highways, bridges and other transportation projects under a plan the Governor unveiled Wednesday.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports the bulk of that spending will go toward fixing roads, not building new ones. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:03:51 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 4154 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn aims to improve roads Regional effort to boost transit access http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/regional-effort-boost-transit-access <p>The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is leading a local effort to improve access to transportation for those with disabilities. A task force was formed last summer through the Accessible Transportation Coalition Initiative and the Easter Seals to identify transportation needs in the Peoria area, East Peoria and Pekin.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:40:07 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 3670 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Regional effort to boost transit access Rural transit program could get funding from Peoria County http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rural-transit-program-could-get-funding-peoria-county <p></p><div>Peoria County’s rural transit service may have funding through the end of June. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the County Board is considering two-resolutions next month to fund the cash-strapped service:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The rural transit service needs about $140,000 to stay afloat through June. That’s because more people are using the program than annual grant funding can support. &nbsp;One resolution proposes taking money directly out of the general fund to pay for rural transit costs. &nbsp;County Board member Allen Mayer has another resolution. He proposes instead paying &nbsp;for the transit service with anticipated revenues from property taxes and delaying some road projects for a year.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:42:50 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3189 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rural transit program could get funding from Peoria County Area passenger rail hopes hit funding snag http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/area-passenger-rail-hopes-hit-funding-snag <p></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 03:26:12 +0000 Alex Rusciano 1754 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Area passenger rail hopes hit funding snag