Funding Could Be Cut for Indiana Public Transportation


     Changes could be coming to public transportation in Evansville.

     The Metropolitan Evansville Transit System, also called METS, could be seeing a decrease in funding.

     According to the Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit, Indiana's state public mass transportation fund has been at $42.7 million the past 7 years and several state representatives are pushing for an increase in the fund to $60 million.

     However, Governor Mike Pence proposed a 3% cut for transit funding in his state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

     The number of riders is up across many cities in Indiana; however, that number is down in Evansville when comparing 2013 to 2014.

     In 2012, almost 2.1 million people took public transit., but the number fell in 2013 to 1.9 million.

     Executive Director of Transportation Todd Robertson says when funding is cut, they have to find ways to become more efficient. He says they are always looking for cheaper bids on supplies, such as tires, to save money. However, he says the proposed cuts couldn't have come at a better time because they are currently performing a comprehensive operation analysis to find ways to become more efficient.

     Kim Irwin from the Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit says cuts to mass transit are never a good idea She says the majority of people who ride public transit are riding it to get to jobs or to school. If not for transit service, they would probably be unable to work, earn a living, feed their families or put money back into the economy.

     Robertson says they need the public's help when it comes to becoming more efficient, such as locating where higher demands for transit is at across the city, by taking a survey.

     To take the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/metsgeneralpublicsurvey



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