Fund public transit for all, not a 'cap' for a few

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No one who calls Oak Park home should be tricked by the $4.8 million in federal funds that have been promised to begin the "Cap the Ike" project. The real goal of the state and federal authorities is to have the local residents chasing a park that will expose citizens to the noxious fumes of the Ike, while they widen the roadway that runs through Oak Park.

What is needed is to "cap" the expansion of the Ike and promote mass transit in both directions. Studies have proven that the more efficient and wider the roadway, the more traffic it will draw. The real problem is the Blue Line of the CTA that ends in Forest Park, and not in Oak Brook or Aurora where the jobs and the shopping are now located.

Federal funds for road construction and repair seem endless, increase our taxes, and provide no real relief. Meanwhile, the CTA continues to fight for its life each year by begging for funding, while the roads get wider and longer.

True congestion relief and better air quality for all, will come if we push mass transit for all who desire it, not a park on an expressway.

Tim Curtin
Oak Park Greens

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