A more sustainable transportation system for Indiana means more transportation choices for travelers and commuters…
…public transit for our metropolitan areas, intercity passenger rail or bus service connecting our communities, and widespread availability of trails and greenways for active transportation and recreation. It also means more efficient use of our land and natural resources, energy savings, and reduced global warming-causing carbon emissions.
State highways and interstates reach every county in Indiana, yet the state continues to focus its transportation spending on building new roads and expanding existing roads.
The result is that many state and local roads are poorly maintained, and that active transportation opportunities – transit, passenger rail, bicycling and walking paths and trails — are neglected and don’t satisfy the demand for these options.
How do we diversify our transportation system and produce sustainable mobility outcomes that Hoosiers desire? Read on for more information on the solutions that will benefit families, our economy and our environment.
The Governor's 2019 Next Level Connections program dedicates roughly
of the one billion dollars in new funding to road construction, while mass transit funding remains unchanged. Less than 4% of Indiana's annual transportation spending is dedicated to mass transit and other non-highway transportation alternatives.
A bright spot for active transportation is the state's commitment of
Transportation accounts for
of the carbon dioxide emissions in Indiana, which has been proven to be a leading cause of global warming.
Real Transportation Choices
The Hoosier Environmental Council supports the construction of a multi-modal (rail, transit, auto, walking) and efficient transportation system that gives Hoosiers real transportation choices. Our vision is to see Indiana’s major cities connected by high-speed passenger rail, and our urban areas served by light rail and bus systems that revitalize neighborhoods and city centers while reducing automobile congestion on the state’s roads and highways.
Protecting Farm & Forest Land
Widespread road construction and related development have endangered one of the state’s most precious resources: Our farms and forests. Alternative transportation options will help preserve Hoosier forest lands and countryside.
A new and substantial highway threat — the Mid-States Corridor — threatens forests, wildlife and karst in southern Indiana.
The economic costs of fine particle pollution in Indiana exceed five billion dollars each year. Additionally, 60 percent of the ozone pollution in central Indiana is caused by motor vehicles. Cars and trucks also contribute to noise and water pollution.
How to Make a Difference
Use Alternative Transportation
Utilize mass transit whenever possible. Walk or bike. Carpool.
Do Your Research
Read our fact sheet on the environmental benefits of mass transit.
Be An Advocate
Tell your state legislators and local officials to support more investment in sustainable transportation choices. See our Bill Watch page for more information.