This letter concerns the plan by IDOT to expand the Eisenhower between Austin and Harlem. As an Oak Park resident for 11 years and a member and chairman of the Environment & Energy Commission, I have consistently advocated for improved mass transit with accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.
The IDOT plans to expand the Eisenhower ignore the evidence and results of studies that have examined transportation issues in the region. The expansion of the Hillside strangler by Governor Ryan only moved the traffic jams ... but didn't remove it. The best way to alleviate the congestion is to expand and improve mass transit and promote alternative travel options such as biking and walking.
Apparently, 85 percent of the transportation budget currently goes to highways and roads and only 15 percent to mass transit.
It's time for these figures change. It's good for the environment, the economy and community safety.