transportation

2015 Session
12:44 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Advocates Rally for More Public Transit Funding

Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) addressing mass transit advocates at the Statehouse Tuesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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.

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News
10:52 am
Tue January 27, 2015

FWCS Board Approves Transportation Changes

Credit 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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News
5:44 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

New Hours, New Routes Coming For FWCS

FWCS bus fleet.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

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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Transportation
5:25 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Pence Urges Lawmakers to Release Road Money

Gov. Mike Pence has asked the State Budget Committee to release the rest of the Major Moves 2020 money.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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.

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Transportation
5:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

General Assembly Unlikely to Raise Road Funding Next Year

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says the cost of maintaining Indiana’s roads is substantial and growing, while the revenue streams used to pay for those repairs are decreasing.  Yet, the legislature will likely be unable address that issue in its next budget.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

State Support of Hoosier Rail Line Unclear

Responsibility for funding the Hoosier State line is shifting from the state to communities along the line.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Governor Mike Pence is noncommittal on whether Indiana will support the future of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line with state dollars, instead shifting responsibility to local communities along the line that runs between Chicago and Indianapolis.

Federal funding for the Hoosier State Rail Line was cut off last year.  The state and local communities along the line reached a temporary funding agreement that keeps the route running through October.  But Indianapolis has announced it will no longer contribute funds. 

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Outdoors
1:25 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding

City officials and trail advocates broke ground on the next section of the Pufferbelly Trail this month.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Trails

Last week, the City of Fort Wayne cut the ribbon on construction of a new segment of the Pufferbelly Trail on the city’s north side.

The expansion is the latest in what’s becoming an increasingly connected trail system across four counties in Northeast Indiana.

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Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

State Faces Funding Challenges for New Roads

A blue ribbon panel studying Indiana’s future transportation needs laid out this week the state’s top road project priorities.  The task now is to figure out how to pay for them.

The panel recommended four priorities for road construction projects – widening I-65 and I-70, building an I-69 Ohio River bridge and creating a commerce connector around Indianapolis.  The panel did not include specific funding recommendations, though co-chair Cathy Langham says it does suggest developing some sort of user fee system.

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News
6:37 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

No Local Money in Roads Funding Bill

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says it’s unlikely the General Assembly will include any local  funding in legislation freeing up transportation dollars. 

In last year’s budget, the General Assembly put aside 400 million dollars into a transportation fund to be  used for major projects in the future. In response to a request by the governor, proposed legislation this  session would release at least some of the money to the executive branch for construction now. 

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