The Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, with the support of the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, Inc., is asking for letters, e-mails, and phone calls to your legislator, to Governor Pence, and to INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning.

Representative Randy Truitt, R/District 26, who authored HB 1217 in support of Hoosier State passenger rail service says that “In politics, as in life, there aren’t any guarantees.” This is why passenger rail supporters including IPRA members are being encouraged by Truitt to make professional requests of those in the general assembly that you know and that represent your region – both in the state house and state senate.

Make the influence net wide, while also making special requests of Karl Browning, the INDOT commissioner, Truitt says.

Letting your governor know your feelings about public issues — like railroad funding – is important.

If passed, State Representative Truitt’s bill would appropriate $3 million from the state general fund to the state’s Department of Transportation (INDOT) to carry out an agreement with the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) to provide intercity rail-road passenger service in Indiana.

The implication would be survival of the Hoosier State, which has been operating since October 2013 on funding from the state, as well as from Tippecanoe County, Beach Grove, and five cities along the railroad – Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Rensselaer– says IPRA board member Tim Maloney, who also serves as senior policy director for the Hoosier Environmental Council.

To BE HEARD on this important legislation, contact any and all of the following five people plus other legislative people representing your respective districts.

The Honorable Rep. Brian C. Bosma, Speaker of the House

The Honorable Rep. Timothy Brown, Chair, House Ways and Means Committee*

The Honorable Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, President, Indiana Senate

The Honorable Senator David C. Long, President Pro Tem, Indiana Senate

The Honorable Senator Brandt Hershman, Chair, Senate Tax & Fiscal Policy Committee

The Honorable Senator Luke Kenley, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee

The Indiana House mailing address is:

Indiana House of Representatives

200 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786

The Indiana Senate mailing address is:

Indiana State Senate

200 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785

*Representative Truitt’s bill has been forwarded to the House Ways and Means Committee.

It’s important to contact your  individual Indiana Legislators to express your support for H.B. 1217.  The following link will help you identify and contact your legislator (or call 1-800-382-9467 to reach your Senator; or 1-800-382-9841 / 9842 to reach your Representative.

https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Likewise, Governor Pence’s office needs to know how you feel.  To contact the Governor, go to http://www.in.gov/gov/2333.htm , or call Chief of Staff Jim Atterholt at 317-232-5525 (direct) or e-mail him at jatterholt@gov.in.gov  .  For regular e-mail users, your e-mail support is always effective!

We will keep you up to date on developments.  In the meantime, YOUR SUPPORT for HOUSE BILL 1217 is ESSENTIAL!

Additionally, communications with INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning are in order, Maloney says. The INDOT Commissioner is working on separate deals with Amtrak to extend the current operating agreement and with Iowa Pacific Holdings on a permanent arrangement for them to become the private operator for the Hoosier State.

Letters can be addressed to the Honorable Karl B. Browning @

INDOT Management Team

100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 755

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Commissioner Browning’s e-mail and phone number are shown below, as well as the information for Jim Atterholt, the Governor’s Chief of Staff:

INDOT Commissioner
Agency: Indiana Department of Transportation
Division: Executive Office
E-mail: karl.browning@indot.in.gov
Phone: 317-232-5525
Chief of Staff Jim Atterholt, Governor’s Office
Agency: Governor’s Office
Division:
E-mail: jatterholt@gov.in.gov
Phone: 317-232-1800
Fax: 317-232-3443

 

Rail Supporters: When you write the Governor, the Commissioner, or your Legislator, give specific examples of riders you know and why they use the Hoosier State. Borrow language from the sample letter (see link to newsletter, below); even better, use your own words, and most importantly, be one of many Hoosiers to tell our governor Indiana needs the Hoosier State.

Access to the full Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance newsletter, including a sample letter, can be found at the following link:

http://www.indianahighspeedrail.org/docs/2015/201502aai.pdf