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Increasing Taxes for Mass Transit Would Hurt Central Indiana

Randal O'Toole –
October 18, 2013

In an article that also appeared in the Indianapolis Star on October 18, 2013, Randal O'Toole brings his expertise to the transit issues to explicate about public tranportation in Indiana.  In this post, he asserts that,

The Carmel Chamber of Commerce says that Indianapolis needs a regional transit system — which inevitably means higher taxes — so that the city can compete with communities such as Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.

In fact, since 1990 the Indianapolis urban area has grown more than twice as fast as the Minneapolis or Salt Lake urban areas, and faster than any other major urban area in the Midwest, so Indianapolis seems to be competing just fine without those higher taxes.

The Chamber would like you to believe that spending more tax dollars on transit means better transportation. But that’s far from true.