More Transit than Roads Projects on Deck, But Transit Funding Lags

In Northwestern Indiana, transit projects will outnumber road projects for the firs time in history. Funding for roads, however, still outpaces transit projects.

The 2012-2015 transportation plan of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission includes 193 local transit projects, 161 local projects and 93 Indiana Department of Transportation highway projects.

"While there are a greater number of transit projects, more funds are going to local and INDOT highway projects. Transit projects will receive about $174 million in funding while INDOT highway projects will receive $230 million and local projects will receive about $244 million.

Neither NIRPC transportation projects manager Gary Evers nor Strains could pinpoint the cause of the increased number of transit projects, but both emphasized the increase is good news."

Full Story: Area seeing more transit than road projects for first time

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