Ind. transit bill might face opposition in Senate

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 3:06 AM

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.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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