For immediate release:
Feb. 19, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Legislation authored by Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-Munster) that is designed to make changes to commuter transportation districts was passed by the Indiana House of Representatives today.
The ultimate purpose of House Bill (HB) 1450 is to rearrange the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District Board, consider including the extension of rail service to Munster and Dyer, and review the accounting of capital expenditures.
If the bill is approved this session, its provisions will be reviewed in finer detail this summer by a study committee, which Candelaria Reardon sees as an opportunity to ensure her proposal is as effective as possible.
“There are many issues that are included in this bill,” she said. “I think it will be good to have these issues studied more carefully over the summer.
“I have long had concerns about the future of the South Shore, along with expansion to Munster and beyond,” she added. “There is an untapped potential for economic development opportunities with regard to transit oriented development. It is my hope that further study and additional representation will help our community reach its potential.”
According to Candelaria Reardon, the changes to be studied would benefit northwest Indiana by allowing more representation on the transportation board.
HB 1450 passed through the House with an 87-3 vote, and now will move to the Indiana Senate for consideration.