(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 29, 2008 - The first step in improving the service of the South Shore Railroad to northwest Indiana was achieved today by as the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1220. Rep. Ed Soliday voted in support of the bill, which passed by a 54-41.
"The population in northwest Indiana is growing, and I have no indication of when it will stop," said Rep. Soliday. "People are moving to northwest Indiana and we have to provide them with a method of transportation. Our roads are already crowded, and we can't continue putting more cars on the road. When you put mass transit in areas that are growing, the economic engine grows and so does the sales tax and so does the income tax, which in return will come back to the state general fund."