Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Chicago area, touts Biden infrastructure plan

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Pete Buttigieg visits Chicago area, touts Biden infrastructure plan
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited the Chicago area to promote the Biden infrastructure plan.

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg got an up close look at some of the biggest transit construction projects in the Chicago area.

Buttigieg touted his boss' infrastructure plan while touring two different sites Friday. He stopped at the CSX intermodal rail yard as he wraps up a three-state blitz to promote the Biden administration's plan.

Buttigieg joined Gov. JB Pritzker and other local and federal officials for a bus tour of the CSX rail and truck yard.

Gov. JB Pritzker and Secretory of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talked about the Biden infrastructure plan.

"We are here today to highlight the American jobs plan, the infrastructure bill that will help to rebuild all of the United States infrastructure, so important for the State of Illinois because we're the crossroads of America," Gov. Pritzker said.

President Biden's infrastructure plan calls for spending $66 billion for passenger and freight rail improvements. The plan also includes $109 billion for needed upgrades to roads, bridges and other major infrastructure projects.

"It is time after far too many infrastructure weeks that turned into punch lines. It is time to actually do it, and that's what Democrats and Republicans across the country believe we ought to do," Buttigieg said.

Earlier, Buttigieg joined Mayor Lightfoot and other elected officials to tour the 95th Street Red Line Station. Chicago is counting on federal dollars to complete the extension of the Red Line down to 130th Street. Buttigieg promised Chicago will be in line for significant federal dollars.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to discuss the infrastructure plan.

"This is exactly the kind of project that there would be more resources for if we got this bipartisan framework through," Buttigieg said.

"Trust that we will be doing the right things on behalf of our residents to make sure that those federal dollars have catalytic and transformative effect on our city," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Gov. Pritzker said the federal dollar that Illinois might get from the president's Build Back Better plan could help speed up the timetable for projects that are currently just in the planning stages in the state.