This morning there was a meeting of the Transportation Equity Community Task Force of Quad Cities Interfaith here at the Church of Peace. Our organizer, Leslie Kilgannon, is the one in the pink top standing up. With the passenger rail service coming at least to Moline, and probably on to Iowa City, we here in the Quad Cities are in a good position to see that this major infrastructure development program also means workforce development and jobs for local people, minorities and others who are typically left out.
In this effort we are in touch with a national effort called the Transportation Equity Network, and information can be found at http://www.transportationequity.org/
Last week when I was in Springfield, Illinois, with Leslie and others from the Illinois Gamaliel Association we talked with State Senator Mike Jacobs about a Transportation Equity Agreement. He was most supportive, and it was encouraging to see that our legislators are coming “on board.” Others from our Task Force met with Representative Pat Vershore and also received a positive response.
I am sure there is more to come; or rather more “down the tracks.”