Published August 31, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS—Today, the Indiana Budget Committee approved seven of ten proposed Transit Development District (TDD) maps, which recognize qualified regions as areas for economic growth and development. With the progress to the South Shore Double Track Project in Northwest Indiana, stretching 25 miles total and with 16 miles of new track, the region is perfectly placed to boast TDDs that provide members of the community with increased transit and economic benefits. Of the maps approved in today’s Budget Committee, two of the TDDs are in District 3, represented by Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Eddie Melton (D-Gary).
“The approval of these two Transit Development Districts will have a significant impact on the economic development opportunities available in my district, and I’m excited about what this means for Gary. In 2017, I helped pass the budget that funded this project, and I was happy to support funding for critical economic development in my community. Developing these TDD boundaries will carve out a natural path to the revitalization of our downtown corridor, which has suffered historically but has the potential to be a booming hub.