Mass transit supporters rally at Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A referendum on higher taxes for a better mass transit system in Central Indiana will take place in 2016 at the earliest.

Supporters of mass transit were at the Statehouse Tuesday seeking more funding for bus service in smaller communities and rural areas in Indiana.

“We’re here to ask members of the General Assembly to increase state funding to $60 million to meet the demand for reliable local transit service,” said Kim Irwin with Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit.

That funding has been frozen at $42.5 million for seven years now.

“I’m done with hearing the word subsidy, okay? No more subsidy, right? Because we should be using the word investment,” said State Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette.

The current version of the budget calls for $60 million in transit funding. Cuts to those funds are anticipated in the state Senate. 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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