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A Department of Justice investigation found that many of Amtrak’s facilities across the country don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including all 11 Indiana stations.

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, the state’s disability advocacy agency, is one of several organizations around the country that filed complaints against Amtrak with the Department of Justice. 

Post-Bankruptcy, Toll Road Gets New Management

May 29, 2015
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Eight months after previous management filed for bankruptcy, the Indiana Toll Road has a new operator.

IFM Investors took ownership of the operation of the road and its pavilions after the state finance board approved the deal earlier this month.

The change in ownership comes after the original operator, ITR Concession, declared bankruptcy on more than $6 billion in debt last September.

That group will continue operating the toll road under the ownership of the new company.

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Hoosier teenagers who take driver’s education classes will be able to get their license a little sooner under legislation set to take effect in July.  The bill’s author hopes the change will incentivize more young people to go take driver training courses.

Under current law, teens who don’t take driver’s education can get their license at 16 years, nine months old, while teens who do take driver’s ed can get their license three months earlier, at 16 and a half. 

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Southwest Allen County Schools will enforce and expand its no transportation  zones for some of its schools this fall.

SACS says limiting its bus routes could save  the district $200,000 per year.  Deer Ridge Elementary, Woodside Middle and Covington Elementary schools will  join the five existing Southwest Allen schools with transportation limits.   

Ridesharing Service Uber Arrives in Fort Wayne

May 7, 2015

Uber has become a transportation staple in major cities across the United States, and now the ridesharing service has gone live in Fort Wayne.

Using Uber is a lot like calling a cab, but the entire transaction – from scheduling, to tracking the vehicle, to payment processing – is done through an app on your smartphone.

App-based transportation companies have courted controversy in recent years because of regulatory concerns and opposition from taxi cab companies that say such services are unsafe and infringe on their business.

The Senate Republican budget proposal mirrors its House counterpart in setting aside $400 million for future road projects.  The chamber's budget leader says he’d like to keep that money in state coffers the next two years.

In the 2013 budget, lawmakers created the Major Moves 2020 fund that put aside $400 million for future projects.  But the Pence administration, with State Budget Committee approval, took that money and spent it on road projects over the last two years. 

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Public transportation advocates gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday to urge lawmakers to dramatically  increase statewide funding for public transit.

The General Assembly hasn’t increased dollars in the state’s Public Mass Transportation Fund for seven  years. 

Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit organizer Kim Irwin says that’s despite a 15 percent increase  in transit ridership in the last decade.

Her group wants lawmakers to increase funding to $60 million a year, up from $42.5 million in the last budget.

Fort Wayne Community Schools

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and parents can expect fewer bus routes and changing school hours starting in the fall. The FWCS Board voted unanimously Monday to begin a new transportation plan that will save the district $2.5 million. 

The plan was necessary to address a gap in the district's transportation budget due to state property tax caps that reduced the amount of money FWCS could raise. 

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Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and parents can expect fewer bus routes and changing school hours starting in the fall. 

The district has to account for a $2.5 million gap in its transportation budget. Transportation is supported by property taxes, but in 2009, the state set a cap on how much could be collected.

Krista Stockman with the district says FWCS knew changes were inevitable, but held off on making them as long as they could.

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Governor Mike Pence says he wants the State Budget Committee to release the second half of the Major Moves 2020 fund.  That would amount to $200 million dollars for road projects.

Two years ago, lawmakers put aside $400 million into what they called the Major Moves 2020 fund.  It was meant for long-term, future projects.  Pence last year secured the release of half of the fund to add lanes to major interstates.  The governor Tuesday announced he will ask the State Budget Committee to approve the transfer of the remaining 200 million.  He says it will be used for capacity building.