(Statehouse) September 24, 2007-State Representative Larry Buell (R-Indianapolis) has been awarded the Harry Harman Award by the Indiana Transportation Association (ITA). The ITA Board of Directors chose Buell for the honor because of his strong and consistent support for public transportation. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Buell was instrumental in securing an increase in funding for the Public Mass Transportation Fund in the recent legislative session.
"As Indianapolis continues to grow to the outer suburbs, the necessity for an efficient public transportation system in the area is increasing," said Buell. "We can't automatically create a new transportation system or even enhance the one already in place, but we can increase funding that will eventually lead to an advanced public transportation system in Indiana."
The award is named after Harry Harman, the former Executive Director of the ITA. The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to the public transportation industry.
Since 1935, ITA has represented public transportation, inter-city transportation and private charter bus operators in Indiana, in addition to a commuter railroad and other transportation-related agencies.
Last year, Buell was awarded the Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Public Official Award and the President's Medal of Distinction from Ball State University.