Potholes could block effort to overturn Indianapolis light-rail ban

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INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment addressing Indianapolis’ problems with potholes is threatening efforts to overturn Indiana’s ban on light rail in the city.

The amendment by state Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, would require Indianapolis officials to prove that public transit money isn’t needed to fill potholes, the Indianapolis Star reports. It has slowed consideration of House Bill 1080, which would end a 2014 ban on public spending for light rail projects in seven counties in the Indianapolis area.

The move to overturn that law was sparked by a belief that Indianapolis needs to have all available mass transit options to attract major new employers, such as Amazon. Indianapolis is among the 20 cities announced in January as a finalist for Amazon’s second North American headquarters, and the company has indicated that public transit will be a factor in its decision.

The full Star report is available here.

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