Council Gets First Look at Mass Transit Expansion Proposal

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Monday night, the City-County Council in Indianapolis is slated to hear details of a major mass transportation expansion plan. The proposal, which was approved by voters in November, includes a 0.25 percent income tax hike to pay for the initiative.

Many economic leaders in the city, including the Indy Chamber, see it as a way to help attract and retain talent. The plan could boost hours of service for the city's IndyGO buses by up to 70 percent.

Marion County got the go-ahead to put expanded public transportation up for vote by citizens of individual counties through a law that was tweaked in 2014 by the Indiana General Assembly.

Proposal 3, as it's called in the City-County Council will face a battery of public and legislative scrutiny in the coming weeks and could reach the full council for a final vote as early as the end of next month.

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