Breaking News Bar
updated: 12/20/2013 8:14 AM

Durbin, Kirk support Argonne mass transit study

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

Illinois' two U.S. senators say they're supporting a proposal by Argonne National Laboratory to conduct new federal research into mass transit safety.

Argonne wants to lead a program that would examine how well mass transit systems plan for and respond to emergencies.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk say a lack of evacuation planning and coordination among transit systems could be catastrophic, especially in the event of a mass evacuation.

They wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, encouraging him to consider Lemont-based Argonne's proposal.

They say the Chicago area's integrated mass transit systems "will serve as a test bed" for tools that could benefit transit systems across the nation.

Regional transit and state transportation agencies have agreed to participate in the project.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.