On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, a United Airlines flight with over 100 passengers took off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Washington D.C. on the first passenger flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
The 737 MAX 8 aircraft used 500 gallons of green fuel in one of its engines and an equal amount of regular jet fuel in the other engine. Airlines are allowed to use a maximum of 50% of green fuel on any flight.
Commuting is costly everywhere in America
but when it comes to fines and fees, it seems like Chicago is getting the brunt
of it. Chicago has been infamous for its
red-light cameras with one individual – who had even held the role of an
executive transportation official – serving jail time for bribetaking with a
red light camera firm.
But it’s done been positive for the
administration and infrastructure sector of Chicago. Over the last ten years it’s gotten even
heavier. As one report pointed
“Red-light cameras in the Chicago suburbs have been a gold mine for local governments and a headache for drivers. Red-light camera revenue outside Chicago city limits drove almost all of that increase, with $56.6 million generated in 2018 compared with $5.4 million in 2008.”
Now, lawmakers are looking to ban red light cameras. But this would lead to “budget holes” in Chicago as well as other cities.Chicago and many suburbs with significant budget holes. Given that Chicago has traditionally been Illinois’ “biggest beneficiary” of red light cameras, there would be huge implications. In 2018 the city brought in $56 million just in fines.
There is a
lot of infrastructure work that needs to be undertaken and the monies are often
used for that. Chicago and its five
collar counties have 2,720 miles of roads and almost 1,500 bridges. According to executive vice president of the
Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association
and member of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition Kevin Burke,
most of the money is being used for transit in the Chicago metro area and in
general there’s a lot of work that needs doing. At the end of the day roads
State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville pointed out that “it’s good to see that there is some attention, finally, to some long overdue projects that are in need of desperate repair.”