The Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT) educates on the benefits of transit and advocates for the immediate development and ongoing support of comprehensive transit options in communities across Indiana.
A series of public forums held throughout central Indiana in the spring of 2008 catalyzed discussion about creating a statewide transit advocacy organization. Public comment during these forums (hosted by the ACLU, the Urban Land Institute and the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority [CIRTA], among others) brought to light the fact that there existed no effective body or mechanism for organizing transit advocates from different sectors, or for reaching out to the general public – voters, taxpayers, transit riders – about plans for transit expansion in central Indiana. There were citizens eager to “do something” to make expanded transit a reality, but it became evident to transit advocates that some type of body had to be established to focus advocacy efforts in order to secure dedicated transit funding.
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