Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 11:09 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 11:09 AM EST
INDIANA (WLFI) - A bill is being considered in Indiana’s legislature that would allow cities and counties to decide if they want to establish mass-transit districts.
Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, is the bill’s author. He says it would require a referendum.
“Voters would have the opportunity to weigh in and let local government know whether or not they want this transit authority set up,” Torr said.
House Bill 1011 was created with Central Indiana in mind. Torr said Marion and Hamilton counties would probably be the first to move forward with a system called Indy Connect. He said there is broad support from mayors, young professionals, environmentalists and seniors.
Driving can often be an issue for seniors who may want to remain independent in their homes. AARP Indiana volunteer Irene Wegner says public transportation is important for those seniors.
“For them to be able to do that and still get to where they want to be and do what they want in the community – to be involved in community affairs – it’s important for them to have a way of getting there and doing that,” Wegner said.
Wegner, who will testify Wednesday before the House Roads and Transportation Committee, says having dependable public transportation for seniors is more cost-effective than keeping up with a car.
“You have your insurance, you have your parking, you have your gas, you have your maintenance and upkeep,” Wegner said. “When you’re a senior on a limited income, that really eats into it.”
Transit Day at the Statehouse is Feb. 13.
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