Group rallies for improvements in mass transit

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2013) – Faith and business leaders came together Thursday at the Statehouse to show their support for expanded mass transit around Central Indiana.

The groups are encouraging the state senate to devise a bill that moves regional transportation ahead in 2014. They’re asking the “Central Indiana Transit Study Committee” to make a recommendation to double the amount of transit service. They argue it would connect hard-working bus riders to jobs around the area.

“We recognize our oneness with the parents robbed of time with their children by an inefficient transit system. We stand with those who are being offered jobs they desperately need but cannot accept because of the lack of public transit options,” said Brent Wright, pastor at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church.

Clergy from more than 17 faith denominations, business leaders and bus riders participated in the Thursday afternoon rally. When it was over, clergy visited with bus riders to listen to their stories and help them register to vote.

The rally kicked off the “Ticket to Opportunity Campaign,” a project to gather bus riders’ stories that will be shared with legislators during next year’s session.