The Transportation Chair of the Indiana State Senate, Dana Tran, is a veteran transportation policy expert.
She was appointed by Gov.
Mike Pence to lead the state’s transportation task force, which has been tasked with developing a plan for implementing the state transportation infrastructure plan.
The plan, which was released this week, calls for a total overhaul of the way Indiana transports its people and goods, including a plan to implement an “open public transit system” by 2025.
“We’re in the process of implementing an open public transit network that will include the most efficient and effective means of transportation that the state of Indiana can provide,” Tran told reporters this week.
This plan, she added, “is not a job.
It’s not a paycheck, it’s not an income, it is not a career, it does not belong in the ‘job’ category, it belongs in the realm of ‘a life well lived.'””
It’s a life well spent.”
The plan calls for “all public transit operations to be in an open mode and be fully autonomous, and be used for public transportation only,” Tron said.
“In other words, no private entities will have any input in this decision-making process.”
The transportation taskforce was formed following the state budget crisis of 2016, which led to a reduction in public transit funding, prompting the creation of the taskforce.
In order to make their recommendations, the task force considered many options including reducing fares and eliminating tolls, including the elimination of all private parking.
It also considered creating a new public transportation network.
“[Tran] believes that transportation is an important public service, but it’s a service that requires more collaboration,” Indiana Transportation Commissioner Brad Buss said in a statement.
He said the taskforces approach is different than other public transportation efforts.
“This approach has a focus on public transportation for people and it is based on a public transportation system that is fully autonomous and operates with minimal governmental involvement,” he said.
Tran told reporters that while the plan is ambitious, it could lead to significant benefits for Indiana’s transportation infrastructure.
She said Indiana will “create more than 100,000 new jobs” and the state will “have more transit options, better access to transit and fewer cars and trucks on the road.”