Ball State University to premiere documentary examining rail transportation

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MUNCIE, Ind. – Students at Ball State University have created a documentary, “Indiana Crossrails: A Transit Choice.” The film is the centerpiece of a campaign to raise awareness about rail transportation.

The students will debut their documentary May 9 at Ball State’s Indianapolis Center. Coinciding with National Train Day, the premiere will include an open house at 11 a.m. and the screening of the documentary at noon. The event is free and open to the public.

“The team understood the positive implications of a system that includes rail,” says Chris Flook, the project’s faculty adviser and a telecommunications instructor. “The United States is one of the few industrialized nations that doesn’t have a comprehensive transit plan with viable rail options. The documentary poses the question: what if? We were paying close attention to the revised plan that Amtrak, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Iowa Pacific developed recently.”

Ball State students worked closely with the Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit and Amtrak earlier this year. The 18 students were in an immersive learning class offered through the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry and came from a variety of disciplines, including urban planning, telecommunications, English, history, and communication studies.

The documentary is divided into sections, including the history of mass rail transit, Indiana’s existing systems, economic considerations, the environmental impact, and the future of mass rail transit for the state.

A preview is available below.

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