updated: 1/23/2013 1:20:15 PM

Mass Transit Push Returns to Statehouse

Andy Ober, InsideINdianaBusiness.com

 Gifford believes there is "robust" support for a referendum.

The head of a coalition pushing for a stronger mass transit system in Indianapolis says the city is "absolutely behind" its competitors. Indy Connect Now Executive Director Ron Gifford says cities such as Charlotte, Minneapolis and Phoenix are able to advertise stronger systems when competing for jobs. He will lead a group of supporters during a public hearing Wednesday afternoon on a bill seeking a public referendum on mass transit funding.

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January 23, 2013

News release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Indiana House Roads and Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing today on House Bill 1011, which seeks a public referendum for voters to decide on future funding of mass transit in Central Indiana.

Business and community leaders and local elected officials are expected to attend the hearing to voice their support for the Indy Connect plan. More than 7,800 Hoosiers have signed petitions, encouraging lawmakers to authorize the referendum to place mass transit on the ballot so local voters can decide on how to fund an expanded mass transit system.

WHAT: House Roads and Transportation Committee Hearing on mass transit legislation
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
WHERE: Indiana State House - House Chambers

Indy Connect Now is a coalition of elected officials, community leaders, businesses, civic organizations, neighborhood associations, disability advocates, schools and citizens who support a robust mass transit system in central Indiana. Indy Connect Now urges the Indiana General Assembly to authorize a referendum in November 2014 that allows voters the choice of how best to fund mass transit in their community. For more information, go to www.indyconnectnow.com and follow the issue on Facebook and Twitter @IndyConnectNow.

Source: Indy Connect Now

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