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IUPUI Chancellor Say Mass Transit Remains Crucial

8/26/2013

One of IUPUI's top administrators says mass transit is a crucial issue for state lawmakers and the general public.

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Chancellor Charles Bantz is speaking out while the issue remains the focus of a summer study committee in the Indiana Statehouse. Bantz says 95% of IUPUI's campus population drives to and from campus and 87% of them drive alone. Bantz says it costs upwards of $18 million to build new parking structures and IUPUI has 20,000 parking spaces that are now filled by 10 a.m. most of the week.

Bantz says IUPUI's situation among others make mass transit a pressing issue for nine counties in Central Indiana. The estimated cost remains $1.3 billion over 10 years for a basic system. Bantz adds that mass transit is also a critical economic development tool needed to lure talented young hires for the workplace.

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