INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that would expand mass transit in central Indiana could face roadblocks in the state Senate from leading Republicans who question the cost and scope of the proposed 10-year, $1.3 billion expansion.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/Xzgaj9 ) that Senate President Pro Tempore David Long supports improving bus service, but questions the need for a costly rail project that would link Noblesville and downtown Indianapolis because it serves only a small part of the region.
The bill passed the Indiana House on a 56-39 vote Monday. It would allow 10 counties in the Indianapolis metropolitan area to hold a referendum to let voters decide if they want to raise taxes to fund their share of the transit expansion. The measure made it through the House with bipartisan support.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com