Governor Mike Pence announced Thursday the creation of a Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel that will plan the future of infrastructure in Indiana. The panel will develop a list of priority projects for the next 10 years, and will review projects for air, water, road and rail.
He also named Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indianapolis-based Langham Logistics president and CEO Cathy Langham as co-chairs of the panel.
Ellspermann says a range of experts with transportation interests will be included in the panel.
“Individuals who are experts throughout the field of logistics, ranging from logistics companies to—including the mayors of some of our major cities who are so impacted and major companies as well,” said Ellspermann. “So it really is a focus to make sure we get the best thinking to this transportation challenge.”
Tim Maloney, Senior Policy Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, says the panel is a good idea. He cites the transportation challenges the state faces, including a decrease in transportation revenue in recent years because Hoosiers are driving less. He says public transportation should be a key focus of the panel.
“We hope to see the new transportation panel reflect in its membership those interests and representatives of alternative transportation,” Maloney said, “be it urban transit, or passenger rail, or the demographic groups that are looking for alternatives.”
Pence says other members of the panel will be announced within the next week or two.