At the Monday, Feburary 27 Indianapolis/Marion County City-County Council meeting, the council voted to enact the 0.25% transit tax! This is a significant milestone toward putting better transit service on the streets in Marion County.
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Mass transit helps people get to work, school, healthcare, and other vital places. By connecting workers and employers, transit strengthens our economy. Older residents, people with disabilities, and families without cars gain opportunities and independence. Everyone wins with a more convenient, competitive city – improving mass transit raises the whole community’s quality of life.
The Marion County Transit Plan allows IndyGo to deliver frequent, all-day service to more residents, businesses and neighborhoods, cutting wait and travel times and adding new rapid transit lines over the next five years.
The plan makes Indy a top contender for new investment, jobs, visitors and events against other major metro areas. Indianapolis is a world-class city – we deserve a better transit system.
On November 8 2016, nearly 60 percent of voters in Marion County voted 'yes' to approve a local income tax increase to create a dedicated funding source and fully fund the Marion County Transit Plan.
“AARP Indiana works statewide to ensure that our 840,000 members are able to successfully age in place. It’s critical that we work to build livable communities for Hoosiers 50+. AARP Indiana stands with local businesses, faith leaders, and community advocates in supporting better, more accessible public transportation. Mass transit is just one piece to the puzzle here in Indianapolis for individuals who seek alternative options for daily activities that do not require driving a car. Reliable bus service means that your friends and neighbors can get to their jobs, that your parents and grandparents can get to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store, and that members of the community can access shopping centers and businesses. A better connected Indianapolis that serves all is essential to building a livable community.”
Sarah Waddle, State Director
“Efficient, successful public transit provides substantial environmental benefits, reducing motor vehicle pollution, moving more people with less energy, and making walkable, mixed use neighborhoods more attractive. For these reasons the Hoosier Environmental Council strongly supports the Marion County Transit referendum.”
Hoosier Environmental Council
Tim Maloney, Senior Policy Director
“Expanded, enhanced and efficient transit service is an essential ingredient of healthy, active, vibrant communities. A robust transportation network that includes buses, sidewalks, bikeways and trails offers residents and visitors better access to jobs, services and shopping and more meaningful connections to friends, neighbors and the greater community. In order for Indianapolis to grow, attract talent and remain competitive, we must invest in mobility options that serve people of all ages, abilities and income-levels.”
ICAT – a division of Health by Design
Kim Irwin, Executive Director
“When it comes to growing the hospitality industry and creating new opportunities for employees, public transit is key. Currently, hundreds of positions across Indianapolis go unfilled due to the simple fact that job seekers do not have access to public transportation as a means of getting to work. Accessible mass transit will not only help expand career opportunities but also allow the hospitality industry to drive tourism and economic activity to new areas of the city encouraging people to stay and explore.”
Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
Patrick Tamm, President & CEO
“Reliable, accessible mass transit is essential to moving our city forward. Indy deserves a system that helps people get to work, brings new investment to our neighborhoods and offers independence to residents who rely on public transportation every day. Supporting transit is an investment in self-sufficiency and upward mobility – one that will pay off for all of us.”
Michael Huber, President & CEO
“This is what we know: millennials value urban density and are seeking communities where car ownership is a choice, not a necessity. We also know that tomorrow’s young professionals are choosing to delay or even forego getting drivers’ licenses.
“Indianapolis is perfectly positioned to be the city of choice for the next generation of skilled workers. Today more than ever, talent is moving to the middle; choosing a city that provides them an affordable lifestyle, great job, culture and the freedom to live without a car. Access to public transit is the missing piece of our puzzle. As cities become increasingly competitive for talent, Indianapolis simply can't afford to not act.”
Karissa Hulse, Director of Programs & Community Partnerships
“Public transportation investment will enhance quality of life in central Indiana and give people greater access to more housing opportunities throughout our city,” said Roger Lundy, MIBOR President and local REALTOR®. “We also believe it is a critical factor in keeping our region competitive in the future in attracting and keeping a talented workforce. MIBOR REALTOR® Association is vitally interested in the future of the communities where REALTORS® do business. We want these communities to thrive as both attractive places to conduct business and vibrant places to live and visit.”
MIBOR REALTOR® Association
Roger Lundy, MIBOR President and local REALTOR®
"United Way of Central Indiana knows that a robust transit system is critical to creating opportunity and allowing residents to achieve self-sufficiency. As such, we support Transit Drives Indy."
United Way of Central Indiana
Ann D. Murtlow, President & CEO
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