April 7, 2021

Bill Altering IndyGo Funding Requirements Stalls In House Committee

IndyGo's Red Line stop in front of the Indiana Statehouse. - FILE: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

IndyGo's Red Line stop in front of the Indiana Statehouse.

FILE: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

Legislation altering funding requirements for IndyGo appears to be out of gas at the Statehouse.

Current state law requires IndyGo to raise 10 percent of its operating budget through non-fare, non-tax sources. IndyGo said it's done this through millions of dollars in federal grants. Senate Bill 141 changed the wording to exclude grants and stipulate that the money should be raised through private donations. 

IndyGo officials and public transit supporters said the change would threaten planned rapid transit projects, like the Purple Line -- connecting Lawrence and downtown Indianapolis -- and the Blue Line -- connecting the east and west sides of the city with service to the airport.

The legislation passed the Senate, but stalled in the House Roads and Transportation Committee after its initial hearing. The deadline for bills to advance is Thursday.

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