Mass Transit for Central Indiana

Energy efficient transportation is the backbone of sustainable living and economic development. Indianapolis is one of the only cities its size without a robust mass transit system which puts Central Indiana at a competitive disadvantage especially as energy costs rise.

Investing in mass transit is one of the most important things we can do to build a sustainable community, plan for long term economic growth, compete for new businesses and new jobs, and do our part to secure America's energy future.

Carmel Green Initiative has joined a broad coalition of municipalities, businesses and organizations in support of a regional mass transit system. Hamilton County supporters include Hamilton County Commissioner Christine Altman, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, Fishers Town Council, the Carmel Chamber, and the Hamilton County Chamber among others.

There are many good reasons to support mass transit. CGI supports it because it offers an energy efficient and environmentally friendly transportation option for our community.

  • Take the Mass Transit Poll Do you favor mass transit? Button_MassTransit_do_you_supportYour input will be shared with Indiana state legislators. 

  • 2016 Marion County Referendum - Marion County residents will have the opportunity to vote on mass transit funding in the General Election. "Shall Marion County have the ability to impose a county economic development income tax rate, not to exceed a rate of 0.25%, to pay for improving or establishing public transportation service in the county through a public transportation project that will create a connected network of buses and rapid tranist lines; increase service frequency; extend operational hours; and implement three new rapid transit lines?".
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  • 2014 Mass Transit Bill - The mass transit bill was re-introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session.  SB176 passed the Senate and the House, and was signed into law by Gov. Pence.  The next step will be a county referendum.
  • 2013 Mass Transit Bill -  HB 1011 passed the House, but was amended in the Senate which sent the bill to a summer study committee. The bill will be re-introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session.
  • 2012 Mass Transit Bill - The 2012 Mass Transit bill would have given local citizens in Central Indiana the opportunity to have a vote on local funding of mass transit for their region.  HB 1073 received a hearing in the Ways and Means Committee on January 26, 2012 and was narrowly defeated 10-11 because controversial labor language (Right to Work) was inserted into the mass transit bill.