2016 Mass Transit

Carmel Green Initiative continues to work with a broad coalition of municipalities, businesses and organizations in support of a regional mass transit system for Central Indiana.

Mass transit is necessary for achieving a more sustainable region as well as addressing a wide range of economic development and quality of life issues.  Central Indiana needs more energy efficient transportation options to retain young professionals and compete with peer communities for new businesses and jobs.

A 2013 Inside Indiana Business poll showed that mass transit is considered to be the #1 missing infrastructure by a significant margin.  What is missing from downtown Indianapolis?

More mass transit                           62.42%
More retail/restaurants                    17.88%
More housing                                   9.09%
More school options                         5.76%
More hotels                                      4.85%
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In 2014, the Indiana legislature passed a bill to give local citizens in Central Indiana the opportunity to have a vote on local funding of mass transit for their region. In order to put it on the ballot, the referendum must be approved by local county or township officials.
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  • Learn more about the regional mass transit at Indy Connect.
  • The IndyGO Marion County Transit Plan includes extended service hours, shorter wait times, and the creation of three rapid-transit bus lines.
  • The proposed Red Line is a rapid-transit bus line that would eventually run from Westfield to Greenwood.
  • The first phase of the Red Line runs from 66th Street in Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis, and is expected to cost $96 million to build, with $75 million coming from a federal grant.  Construction is expected to start in spring 2017, with routes open for service in fall 2018.    The annual operating funds are expected to be $6 million and would be covered through dedicated funding.
  • The funding rate is 0.25%.  That is 25 cents per $100.  Take the income x 0.0025 to get your personal  amount.
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2016 Referendum
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Marion County

 

Clay Township, Hamilton County
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Do you favor mass transit? Button_MassTransit_do_you_supportYour input will be shared with Indiana state legislators.
This  video elaborates on the benefits of mass transit for the central Indiana region.
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