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Letter to the editor: A great unmet need for more bus service

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Thursday, February 05, 2015 12:01 am
There is a great need for public bus transportation in Indiana. Unfortunately, state funding for public transportation systems like Citilink in Fort Wayne and New Haven and all 61 public transit systems throughout Indiana has remained at a low $42.5 million annually for seven years.I say unfortunately because there is a great unmet need for more public transportation bus service in Fort Wayne and New Haven as well as all across Indiana. Public transportation ridership has grown 15 percent over the period from 2004 to 2013, and many more folks would ride our buses in Indiana if we had the funding to offer more frequent service and service to other parts of our cities that do not now have bus lines.

With these points in mind I ask for your support and the support of your state legislators for House Bill 1215, which will raise state funding for public bus transportation in Indiana from the current very low $42.5 mil­-lion to a much more realistic figure of $60 million yearly. That will allow Citilink and the other transit systems in Indiana to offer more bus service on the street for workers, students and seniors that use and need this service.

Again, I urge everyone to support House Bill 1215 as introduced by Rep. Randy Truitt of Lafayette and co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Soliday of Valparaiso, Rep. David Ober of Allen and Noble counties and Rep. David Niezgodski of South Bend.

And please remember that more riders on our buses means fewer cars on roads and highways and thus less wear and damage on them reducing repair costs for all of us.

Fred Lanahan, chairman, Fort Wayne Public Transportation Corp. (dba Fort Wayne Citilink Bus System)

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