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January 11, 2022
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INDIANAPOLIS – In 2016, Marion County voters approved a referendum that paved the way for the expansion of bus rapid transit in Indianapolis. A recent AARP survey finds that the county’s registered voters continue to staunchly support transit expansion, as well as the city’s public transportation agency, IndyGo.
The survey comes at a time when legislators at the Statehouse are considering legislation that would jeopardize the future development and funding of IndyGo’s rapid transit Blue Line.
“The voters of Marion County decided more than five years ago that properly funding transit was a priority for Indianapolis,” said Sarah Waddle, AARP Indiana State Director. “This survey shows that they remain committed to that choice and want to see progress move forward with more rapid-transit bus lines and expanded service.”
The survey of registered Marion County voters 18-plus was conducted from November 16, through December 3, 2021. In the survey, 63 percent of Marion County registered voters oppose legislation that would limit IndyGo’s expansion with most voicing strong opposition.
Registered voters also showed enormous support for the wide-ranging set of infrastructure improvements that go hand in hand with the expansion of bus rapid transit. Nearly 90 percent support installing or rebuilding sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus stops while 74 percent support rebuilding and restructuring streets to include dedicated bus lanes and level-boarding stops.
“Support for IndyGo and bus rapid transit is far beyond anecdotal,” Waddle said. “Registered voters are clearly saying that IndyGo is moving in the right direction and that bus rapid transit is a valued service.”
For more perspective and a helpful infographic, visit our blog.
Other key findings from the survey:
To learn more about the survey and why public transportation is critical to Indianapolis and Central Indiana, visit aarp.org/IN.
About AARP Indiana
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. The Indiana office has been involved in issues affecting Hoosiers ages 50+, including providing more assistance for family caregivers, encouraging retirement savings, and encouraging local leaders to make their communities more livable. To learn more visit www.aarp.org/in or follow @aarpindiana on Twitter and Facebook.
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