Although the mass transit referendum won by a 60-40 vote in Indianapolis, a breakdown by Council Districts and precincts show an even bigger victory.
The referendum to expand bus service in Indianapolis won in 19 of the Council 25 districts and in 79 percent of the county’s precincts.
“The Marion County Transit Plan will create greater connectivity to jobs and educational opportunities for residents across Indianapolis,” said Mark Fisher, chief policy officer for the Indy Chamber. “Voters have acted in support. It is time now for the City-County Council to respond accordingly and vote for the 0.25% increase to fully fund the plan so our city can benefit from improved transit access as soon as possible.”
“The Marion County Transit Plan not only increases home and property values, but assures an improved quality of life for our residents and our neighborhoods,” said Chris Pryor, vice president of government and community relations with MIBOR REALTOR Association. “We want our communities to thrive and grow. The City-County Council has overwhelming approval of its constituents and must enact the increase at the full amount and help keep Indianapolis and our region moving forward.”
Supporters say the Marion County Transit Plan will provide a 70% increase in the frequency of bus service, offering every route on every day; later evenings and weekend service; and three bus rapid transit lines. The expansion would be paid for with an increase in county income taxes.
The Council is expected to take a final vote on the measure early next year.