NewsLocal News / March 11, 2014

Public Transit Has A Way To Go In Indiana

Jill Sheridan
Public Transit Has A Way To Go In Indiana

Across the country Americans are taking buses, trains and other forms of mass transit in the highest numbers since the mid 1950's, but Indiana is still lagging behind.

Indianapolis is the only city in the Hoosier state that saw an increase in bus ridership in 2013.

New data from the American Public Transportation Association indicates that people want more transit options.

Kim Irwin, coordinator of Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit, says central Indiana seems to be experiencing a cultural shift toward transit attitudes.

"People are more aware of the environmental benefits," explains Irwin. "I think people understand the connection to public health, as well as saving money, reducing household transportation costs, as well as all of the other economic benefits."

Irwin points to Indy's bike lane and trail upgrades as another positive.

Other Hoosier communities have decreased transit funding, which could be related to the downturn across much of the state.

A bill moving through the statehouse would allow for public referendums to increase transportation options.