murphy papersSPRINGFIELD –State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure and Policy Tuesday.

“I look forward to working with stakeholders to make sure Illinois remains the innovative transportation hub of the Midwest,” Murphy said.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Policy was established by legislation introduced during the spring legislative session. Senate Bill 1233, which was signed into law in May, created the commission to seek out alternative funding mechanisms for projects and operations. The group is also tasked with researching current and future workforce needs, safety improvements, racial equity and how to expand multi-modal transportation networks.

Illinois has an extensive transportation network that ranks third in the nation for roadway miles and bridges. With over 127,000 miles of road, nearly 29,000 bridges and 17 major airports to maintain, funds from the gas tax are crucial to operating and maintaining our transportation system.

“As we continue to promote innovative infrastructure development, consumers should be able to utilize all transportation methods with as much ease as possible,” Murphy said. “As a member of this commission, I strive to provide and plan for future transportation needs to ensure the integration of all transportation modalities.”
The commission’s full report will be presented to the General Assembly for review by Jan. 31, 2023.