Senate ponders 1-year delay in Indy transit plan

INDIANAPOLIS - A plan to expand mass transit in central Indiana faces a new roadblock after a Senate committee voted to delay the project at least a year. The move is being supported by a tea party group skeptical of the possible $1.3 billion cost to taxpayers.

Senate Republicans say they need more time to study the issue before signing off on it, while supporters of the expansion say there's already enough research available. The proposed expansion would double bus service in Indianapolis and add a rail line or bus service between downtown and Noblesville, about 20 miles north.

The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee voted early last week to further study whether to allow voters to decide if they want to raise taxes to pay for the 10-year project.

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