Other than the RTA sales tax, which provides funding for transit operations, northeastern Illinois does not have a dedicated source of regional funding to provide for capital infrastructure investments. The state should enact such a revenue source for our seven counties to meet regional transportation needs and to achieve comprehensive planning goals. The region faces significant transportation infrastructure needs that are unlikely to be addressed adequately by federal or state sources, even if increased and restructured. Moreover, many of the transportation system needs in northeastern Illinois are unique. The investments needed in the region to move the transit system toward a state of good repair, decrease freight delay, and reduce roadway congestion are significantly greater than the needs in other parts of Illinois. A regional source such as a regional vehicle registration fee or regional MFT could raise significant revenues at relatively low rates and build on existing collection mechanisms, although their use would be confined to transportation investments.