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Group seeks boost in transit funding

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015 12:01 am
Supporters of public transportation in Indiana have launched a campaign to increase state funding which, at $42.5 million, has been flat for seven years. The Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT) and others are launching the INvest INtransit campaign to urge legislators to change that trend.

Rep. Randy Truitt, R-Lafayette, has introduced a bill that would boost funding to $60 million, but Gov. Mike Pence has included a 3 percent cut for transit funding in his proposed state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Mayor Tom Henry has supported increased funding.

In Indiana, public transportation ridership was up 15 percent from 2004 to 2013, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation’s 2013 Indiana Public Transit Annual Report. For more information, visit indianacat.org.

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