Supporters of Mass Transit Join Indy Mayor at Statehouse
The House Ways & Means Committee discusses the mass transit bill. (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)
Mass transit is moving forward in Central Indiana, but it still has a long way to go.
The Indiana House Ways & Means Committee approved House Bill 1011 by a vote of 20 to 2. Representatives Jeff Thompson and Eric Turner opposed the bill. The measure now moves to the full House for consideration as early as next week. It also faces uncertainty in the Indiana Senate.
The measure paves the way for Central Indiana counties to organize November 2014 referendums on the issue. Questions include whether voters would approve mass transit, a maximum 0.3% percent in local option income taxes as a funding source and the creation of a regional authority made up of local representatives to oversee the system.
Officials has stated mass transit would cost the region about $1.3 billion with the federal government footing much of the bill. The move aims to initially expand bus service beyond Marion County borders and would create several other mass transit corridors that could include light rail.