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Pierce: High-Speed Train Good For Indiana

Indiana Representative cites cost-savings over proposed I-69 extension.

Indiana Representative Matt Pierce says a high-speed train system might be the answer to Indiana’s transportation problems.

He says a joint hearing between the House Transportation and Environmental Affairs committees helped representatives understand more possibilities for rapid transit in Indiana. Pierce says Indiana is part of the Midwest High Speed Rail Compact, a transit system that could reduce the need for new highways.

Pierce says building a mass-transit system in Indiana would cost $1 billion, less than half of the cost of the proposed Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville.

Adam Schweigert

is the Online Director for Indiana Public Media (WFIU/WTIU) and has been with WFIU Public Radio since the fall of 2003, previously serving as Director of Multimedia Initiatives, Music Director and Arts Bureau Chief. Adam has been involved in the creation and production of Kinsey Confidential, Earth Eats, Artworks, Muslim Voices, and A Moment of Science (video). He was born in Akron, Ohio, received degrees in music composition, music theory and oboe performance from Ohio State University and attended Indiana University for music composition and computer music. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his dog Sydney.

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