Amtrak cuts will affect state transit and economy

Apr 29, 2015

Cuts the governor is proposing for next year's budget are a concern for transportation officials. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan includes 20 million dollars worth of cuts to Amtrak. The director of the Illinois Public Transportation Association Laura Calderon  says that means about six million trips will be eliminated downstate. 

"This impact is not just on transit. It has a much broader impact on the economy, on the schools, on the universities. It really does hit everyone."

Calderon says that less trips will mean more people will drive to work or school, which can cause road congestion and lead to the state paying more for road repairs.