Mass transit bill heads to House floor

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives passed the mass transit bill Wednesday. The vote was 11-to-1 to send it to the full House.

Mayor Greg Ballard testified in favor of  the new taxes in the bill that is intended to create a better mass transit system in Central Indiana.

“I’m asking you to let the voters of Central Indiana remove this obstacle to population attraction,” said Ballard. “Reliable and dependable public transportation is crucial to bringing new people to our city.”

Before the final vote the committee removed a new corporate tax from the bill.

It now calls for a better bus system that would be supported by higher local income taxes and higher bus fares if voters approve referendums that could be held in as many as seven counties. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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