IDOT chief gives tough review of state transportation planning

September 6, 2015

CHICAGO — Illinois’ transportation chief delivered a tough review of the state’s capacity to solve problems this week, saying he’s concerned that it’s planning “for yesterday’s transportation system.”

Randy Blankenhorn, who’s served as the secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation for seven months, cited traffic congestion and sluggish movement of freight as examples of Illinois being too focused on the condition of state roads and bridges instead of looking at the bigger picture of moving people and goods across the state more efficiently.

In order for government officials to “think about transportation in a completely new and different way,” they need to create a stronger public-private partnership, Blankenhorn said Wednesday at the City Club of Chicago.

“IDOT is not going to come up with the solution. It is going to be you,” he told the audience, which mainly consisted of transportation industry professionals, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Blankenhorn is a veteran transportation expert who was appointed in January to lead IDOT by Gov. Bruce Rauner. He previously had been the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning since its inception in 2006.

Read the full story from the Associated Press in The State Journal-Register by clicking here.

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