WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)—July 24, 2015. During the Senate’s negotiations on a long-term reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) fought aggressively for robust funding for bus and rail transit program that provide services to communities across Illinois. Durbin worked to secure as much as $600 million additional spending for rail transit programs – which would benefit agencies like the Chicago Transit Authority – that were funded at a much lower level in the original version of the bill. This morning, the Senate began debate on a bipartisan, long-term transportation bill . . .