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Push Being Made To Increase Local Transit Funding

The resolutions are tailored to each specific sponsor, but all promote a regional transportation network.

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Local transit groups would like more control over funds.

The Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority, or CIRTA, is ramping up efforts to convince state legislators to give local governments more freedom to fund public transportation.

The push began with CIRTA reaching out to organizations, governmental entities and businesses and getting them to endorse resolutions. The resolutions are tailored to each specific sponsor, but all promote a regional transportation network. More than 20 groups have endorsed resolutions.

Additionally, CIRTA recently released an online petition Hoosiers can sign asking legislators to pass a bill allowing for referenda at the local level authorizing funding for transportation needs. In only its second day, the petition has already gathered more than 1,200 signatures.

CIRTA Executive Director Ehren Bingaman says he’s surprised by the response.

“And we’re still getting the word out,” he said. “That’s what’s exciting to me about this is we’ve really just scratched the surface on letting people know that the resource even exists.”

Bingaman stresses that the petition is not just for Central Indiana…the potential legislation would have statewide impact. Signature gathering will continue through at least January, the start of the next legislative session.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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