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Mass transit coalition urges lawmakers to hike state funding

MUNSTER, IN (AP) -

A coalition of bus agencies and mass transit supporters are urging state lawmakers to boost funding for mass transit in Indiana's next 2-year budget.

A bill co-authored by Republican state Rep. Ed Soliday of Valparaiso that's awaiting action in a House committee would increase mass transit funding to $60 million annually, up from the current $42.5 million where it's basically been frozen for seven years.

The coalition Accessing Community Transportation in Northwest Indiana includes the northwestern Indiana's North Township Trustee's Dial-A-Ride service. That service provided 46,000 rides last year, up from 36,000 rides in 2013 and 12,000 rides in 2012.

North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan tells The (Munster) Times (

http://bit.ly/1vtTkb2 ) "transportation is an economic engine" that also creates mobility for the disabled and senior citizens.

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Information from: The Times,

http://www.thetimesonline.com

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