The Central Indiana Transit Study Committee met for the first time this summer to discuss the proposed plan to expand mass transit in central Indiana. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard specifically cited transit as a way to make Indianapolis more appealing to businesses and young professionals while also creating jobs and economic growth in the region. A number local leaders from Carmel, Anderson, Noblesville, Brownsburg and Plainfield also testified in support of mass transit expansion by pointing out the benefits they will see in their communities.
The Chief of Staff of the Indiana Department of Transportation provided insight into the state of Indiana’s roads projects and how they affect congestion around the state. The president of IndyGo also testified on the current operations of IndyGo, the largest transit service in the state, and the services they provide. This information will be used to determine improvements to the system if the expansion plan moves forward.
The next meeting of the Central Indiana Transit Study Committee will be held September 10th to discuss the funding models, the new proposed routes and a potential upgrade to vehicles. Also, the committee will discuss the use of a referendum to allow Marion and Hamilton counties to decide if residents would want to be part of a mass transit district partially paid for through a slight increase in local income taxes.