Washington, DC April 10, 2007- 

WHAT: The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission is holding hearings in Chicago, IL and Minneapolis, MN on April 18-19, 2007.  Charged by Congress with studying the surface transportation system and making recommendations for maintaining its outstanding quality in the future, the Commission has conducted eight previous hearings where it has listened to a variety of speakers on critical issues.  It will continue its nationwide fact-finding mission in Chicago and Minneapolis, where topics will include congestion, safety, the impact of socio-economic changes, regional and interstate passenger rail and funding for the future needs of the surface transportation network.   


The 12 member Commission was created by Congress and is scheduled to deliver its recommendations in a Report to Congress in December 2007.  Commissioners include Commission Chair U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and executives from the public and private sectors. 


WHEN: April 18-19, 2007

WHERE: James R. Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building),100 West Randolph St., Chicago, IL

               A.I. Johnson Room, McNamara Alumni Center

   University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus

   Minneapolis, MN


WHO: Witnesses scheduled to testify in Chicago include: the President of the Chicago Transit Authority; President of the Illinois AFL-CIO; Mayors of Milwaukee & Madison, WI and Quincy, IL; CEO of AMTRAK; Executive Director of Illinois Roadand Transportation Builders; President of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce; President & CEO, Association of American Railroads and more.


Witnesses scheduled to testify in Minneapolis include: the Lieutenant Governor; the Chair of the Metropolitan Transitway Development Board; the Metropolitan Council Chair; the President of the National Association of Counties; representatives of major Minnesota-based businesses and representatives of several national associations, the state of North Dakota and the Northern Kentucky Chamber.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, American Association of State Highway Traffic Officials and the Surface Transportation Policy Project are co-hosting the Chicago hearings. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies are co-hosting in Minneapolis.


For complete agendas, locations and more information on the Commission, please visit http://www.transportationfortomorow.org/.