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Delaware County joins Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority

September 5, 2009

Ask any student at Ball State University in Muncie without access to a car how tough it is to find public transportation to Indianapolis. The answer will shed light on why Delaware County has become the 10th county to join the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, or CIRTA.

The quasi-government organization is exploring rail and bus options for the metro area.

Delaware County’s representative on the CIRTA board will be Marta Moody, executive director of the Delaware-Muncie Plan Commission.

“Our goal is to work with the public and private sectors to make comprehensive regional mass transit a reality for central Indiana,” said Ehren Bingaman, CIRTA’s executive director.

The group last year gave its blessing to a Noblesville-to-Indianapolis commuter rail concept, via the old Nickel Plate rail line. Environmental impact studies are under way, although funding has not been nailed down.

Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties previously joined CIRTA.

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