May 27, 2015

By Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor

In recent years, the state of Indiana has had a rocky relationship with transit rail. Home to an extensive network of interurban rails in the early 1900s, the state has since been stripped of nearly all transit rail lines save the South Shore Commuter Line to Chicago and a few Amtrak lines.

The uncertain state of passenger rail in the Hoosier State served as the inspiration for a group of 18 Ball State University (BSU) students, who earlier this month released their documentary “Indiana Crossrails: A Transit Choice.” The film’s title is a play on Indiana’s status as the “crossroads of America,” says BSU instructor Chris Flook, who served as the students’ project adviser. A culmination of a semester’s worth of work, the film makes the case for greater passenger rail in Indiana through a series of historical documents and interviews with transit leaders across the country…

…While Crossrails unequivocally advocates rail, its ultimate goal is to showcase a more integrated transit across multiple modes, Wiseman says.

“It’s not all about ditching your car,” he says. “It’s about being able to take your car, but also taking the train, bus or bike.”

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/article/Ball-State-University-students-premiere-documentary-advocating-transit-rail-in-Indiana–44554?source=pr_digital05/27/15&email=kemcdani@indiana.edu

Ball State University class project Spring 2015 – www.Indianacrossrails.org  Visit this great site and watch some of the videos the students created.