Mass transit bill heads to House floor

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.

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