Regional Transportation Districts
The Indianapolis Star (3/2, Sikich) reports that the Indiana House has approved a bill that allow county and city governments to create regional transportation districts. Those governmental bodies would have the power to raise income tax to pay for road projects, new or expanded bus services and light rail.
If enacted, the bill could fund a $160 million light-rail system from Noblesville to Downtown Indianapolis. However, Sen. Luke kenley questions “whether the bill would help raise enough money to support a regional light-rail system, and whether, with the economy in recession, now is the right time to raise taxes."
(News source: Courtesy of ICMA News Briefing)