ICYMI: American Rescue Plan *Still* Delivering for Indiana, Helping State Build Back Better from COVID-19

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Fox59: American Rescue Plan to fund city transit projects including IndyGo Purple Line

Worth remembering: Not a single Indiana Republican supported the American Rescue Plan, despite Statehouse GOP gleefully using its cash

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today echoed the continued success of President Joe Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan and the opportunity it’s providing Indiana to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced IndyGo’s upcoming Purple Line – a part of the city’s larger Bus Rapid Transit Program – would receive about $12 million in critical investments needed for the project. This announcement by Secretary Pete Buttigieg provides yet another example of how the Rescue Plan is putting COVID-19 in the rearview mirror while creating better opportunities for Indiana and its families. 

In fact, Indiana Democrats have gotten to work on behalf of Hoosier families and every one of Indiana’s 92 counties. Thanks to U.S. Congressmen André Carson and Frank Mrvan, Jr., the American Rescue Plan is providing about $5.8 billion in relief for Indiana and its communities and close to $2 billion for school districts across the state. Further, Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly secured $250 million in broadband expansion and $500 million in construction projects

In contrast, not a single Indiana Republican in the state’s Congressional delegation supported the American Rescue Plan. What’s worse, the Republican supermajority at the Indiana General Assembly issued mailers celebrating the same investments in broadband and construction projects that their Congressional colleagues opposed. Indiana Republicans’ extreme partisanship has no limits, and their attempt to have it both ways will fall short as Hoosiers learn about the Rescue Plan’s good news through the Indiana Democratic Party’s ongoing press tour across Indiana

Importantville: “[email protected] rolls out $250 Million in American Rescue Plan spending projects in 13 states, including $12 million for the Purple Rapid Transit Line in Indianapolis.”

Fox59: American Rescue Plan to fund city transit projects including IndyGo Purple Line

“$250 million in federal funding allocations for transit infrastructure projects across the country was announced Friday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and the projects are located in 13 states including Indiana, namely the Indianapolis “Purple Line” bus system.

Buttigieg said the funds ensure the continued advancement of critical infrastructure pieces and will help protect the jobs of workers involved in constructing transit projects despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Public transit opens new opportunities for people, and delivers environmental and economic benefits to communities,” said Buttigieg. “We are delighted to provide support for these projects, which will help communities recover from the pandemic and bring public transit to more people in the months and years to come.’” […]

“Indianapolis’ Purple Bus Rapid Transit Program is listed as part of the Small Starts Projects in Project Development that will receive American Rescue Plan allocations.

According to the announcement details, The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) will receive a $12 million allocation of American Rescue Plan funding for the Purple Rapid Transit Line, which will be a 15.2-mile electric vehicle BRT line between downtown Indianapolis and downtown Lawrence.”

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