Indiana Senate Committee OKs Bill to Remove Light Rail Ban in Indianapolis Region

An Indiana Senate committee approved by a 7-2 vote a bill that would lift the ban on development of light rail systems in the counties surrounding Indianapolis.

The legislation is being sponsored by State Rep. Justin Moed, who said it is needed to help the city compete for the second headquarters of Amazon.

Indianapolis is one of 20 urban areas that Amazon is considering and public transportation is one of the criteria that it is evaluating.

Current law prohibits certain counties from purchasing, leasing, acquiring, constructing or operating a light-rail project.

Moed has said the legislation is needed if Indianapolis is to compete for major employers looking to locate their businesses in the area.

“This is no longer Naptown,” Moed said in a news release. “This is a growing city people are looking to move to. We just need to make sure the city of Indianapolis and central Indiana have all the tools they need to grow.”

A House committee approved the bill last month. No proposals or plans are in the works to create a light rail line in the Indy metro area.

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