Indianapolis mass transit bill clears both Houses


Lawmakers have approved funding for an expanded bus system to serve the greater Indianapolis area.

The bill would allow counties in Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Madison and Marion counties to raise taxes if voters approve in a referendum.

Different versions of the bill have passed both houses of the Legislature and it now goes back to the Senate for approval.

The Senate plan includes a corporate income tax to help fund the bus system, while the House wants to give counties the option of developing a light rail system.

If lawmakers don't compromise by March 14, the proposal dies for a year.

Supporters say a mass transit system would enhance the economy in central Indiana.

See the text of the bill here.

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