February 24, 2021

Senate Passes Bill To Change IndyGo Funding Requirements

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 passed the Indiana Senate Tuesday that would alter funding requirements for IndyGo.

Under current law, IndyGo must raise 10 percent of operating costs through non-fare, non-tax sources, like state and federal grants. Senate Bill 141 changes the wording so that the grants would not count towards the funding requirements.

IndyGo officials have said the change will threaten rapid transit projects. The Red Line, connecting the north and south sides of Indianapolis, was constructed using $75 million in federal funds. Federal money is also allocated for the yet-to-be constructed Purple Line, connecting Lawrence and downtown Indianapolis, and the Blue Line, connecting the east and west sides of the city.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

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