Column: Indiana far from serious about mass transportation

Trust those witty folks in the Indiana General Assembly to keep confounding us simple Hoosiers.

Last week, I praised the passage of House Bill 1020 calling for a study of economic incentives. I made the unforgivable mistake of working off a news release. What I discovered later was the bill itself is a 160-page document laying down the law for all sorts of matters dealing with economic development. Naïve as I am, I had endorsed a whole bill, most of which I could not understand.

As this column is being written, the legislature has yet to decide if the voters of selected central Indiana counties will be allowed to vote on a mass transit proposal. Presumably, this bill would improve bus service within, into and out of Marion County. Some new type of bus would be used to swish commuters to and from Hamilton County.

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