Indy Connect‘s plan for mass transit in Central Indiana will create more than 7,000 jobs and pay $1.5 billion to workers in its first 10 years, according to a new Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization study.
The study says about half of the jobs would be directly-related construction positions and roughly the other half would be permanent jobs, many of which would be indirectly related. The study also says building and operating the first phase of the plan would pump $3.8 billion into the economy from 2015 to 2025.
Executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority Ehren Bingaman says his group continues to promote mass transit legislation that aims to bring the issue and funding to a public referendum in November 2014.
“Lets get to the place where we can ask them that question and that’s simply whats being asked of the legislature this year,” Bingaman says.”Can we get to that place where voters can be asked whether or not they want to say yes or no to funding transit.”
He says 75 percent of voters in other cities have approved mass transit funding when it became as issue. Bingaman says legislation is still subject to conference committee in the Indiana legislature.
This after the House approved legislation to send the issue to public referendum. The Senate version suggested the issue go to a summer study committee. State lawmakers still must decide whether it will go to a summer committee or whether a compromise can be reached.