Mayor Ballard speaks to senators

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (WISH)- Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard spoke about trails at the nation’s Capitol. He spent Thursday morning testifying in a Senate hearing.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is considering a bill to pay for local infrastructure projects across the nation.

Mayor Ballard joined panelists from all over the country – others came from Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Vermont and Louisiana.

Ballard told the Senators about the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the boost it gives the city.

“In the few short years since it has opened, the trail has attracted at least $100 million in new investment in the city, that one trail alone,” he said. “This trail, and many other examples in cities across America, show bold new thinking toward urban transportation planning.  A highway is still critical to moving goods to market, but if you want to attract workers to your city you need sidewalks and green ways, bike lanes and so much more.”

Ballard encouraged the senators to keep using Federal funds for local projects like the Cultural Trail.

Federal grants paid for about $35.5 million of the construction of the trail – more than half the total cost.

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