Washington Township to possibly follow Clay on transit referendum

Originally posted to cbs4indy.com on June 28, 2016 by Deanna Allbrittin.

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. — Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, Clay Township officials are voting whether to join Washington Township by putting a transit referendum on the ballot this November. If they do, Carmel and Westfield voters will both decide if they want to pay more taxes for better public transportation in their parts of Hamilton County.

As Hamilton County’s population has exploded, the number of people on the road has too. According to the only bus service in the county, Hamilton County Express, public transportation there hasn’t quite kept up.

“We have to deny trip requests every day due to the level of funding that we have,” said HCE Director of Transportation Christy Campoll. Hamilton County Express is a federally-funded transit service. Campoll wishes HCE could serve the growing number of people in Hamilton County who call to reserve a ride.

“It’s difficult because most of the people who ride with us are riding to get to work and sometimes they’re going to medical appointments or other necessary activities,” said Campoll. “And so when we have to decline their requests for transportation, you know we know that usually puts them in a bind.”

Transit advocates like Campoll want to see Clay and Washington Township both vote to have a public transportation referendum on their November ballots. “It’s not a vote for a tax increase,” CIRTA executive director Lori Kaplan said of the township decisions on Tuesday. “It’s a vote for citizens to weigh in on how they feel about it.”

For the full article, visit http://cbs4indy.com/2016/06/28/washington-township-to-possibly-follow-clay-on-transit-referendum/.

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