Indianapolis — Legislation that would expand mass transit in central Indiana could face roadblocks in the state Senate from leading Republicans who question the cost and scope of the proposed 10-year, $1.3 billion expansion.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Senate President Pro Tempore David Long supports improving bus service, but questions the need for a costly rail project that would link Noblesville and downtown Indianapolis because it serves only a small part of the region.
The bill passed the Indiana House on a 56-39 vote Monday. It would allow 10 counties in the Indianapolis metropolitan area to hold a referendum to let voters decide if they want to raise taxes to fund their share of the transit expansion. The measure made it through the House with bipartisan support.