Lipinski and Duckworth Bill Eliminating Harmful Regulation that Would Have Impeded Local Transportation Projects Signed Into Law (May 12, 2017)

Today the President signed into law a bill introduced by Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) in the House and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) in the Senate that nullifies a recent U.S. Department of Transportation rule that would have delayed transportation projects, undermined local control, and hurt job growth. 

The rule, finalized in January, would have required Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) ? groups that are charged with administering federal transportation funding based on a regional long-term planning process ? to consolidate with nearby MPOs or develop a single, unified long-range plan.  Forcing MPOs to merge with other MPOs in the vicinity, even across state lines, would cause significant delays and disruptions in getting important transportation projects completed.  Locally, thisrule would have required an MPO bigger than the state of Massachusetts, representing over 11 million people and encompassing 21 counties and over 520 townships and municipalities in three states, stretching from southern Wisconsin to northern Indiana.

“With so many local transportation projects that need to get done, we could not allow the federal government to put another obstacle in the way,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “I'm happy we were able to get this important bill for local transportation signed into law, and I am hopeful that this bipartisan action will pave the way for more cooperation when it comes to fixing our nation's infrastructure.  I look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Duckworth to improve our transportation system in northeastern Illinois.”