INDIANAPOLIS — Infrastructure was a key topic at the Indiana Logistics Summit at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

Hoosier roads, railways, bridges and ports were discussed at a roundtable with local legislators. They answered questions on a variety of topics, from ways to fund infrastructure to planning for growth.

Here are their views on Indiana’s transportation system:

State Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield

What infrastructure funding mechanisms are possible?

I think that anything is possible. At the end of the day, I think this about what folks have the appetite for. If we’re going to move from a fuel tax funding mechanism toward tolling, what does that mean for the average family? We’re going to have to come up with a plan that makes sense and can address the funding needs … I don’t think there’s one answer. I think there’s a combination of factors.

How might the Trump administration’s infrastructure policies affect Indiana?

I think he will rely on his transportation commissioner to tell him the nuts and bolts. He may push a little bit to consider more options or funding mechanisms. But I’m not sure that a president or governor has the time to decide how we’re going to conduct those. I guess I’m not concerned necessarily. I think a lot of good folks will be in place to make those decisions. Hopefully, we come out of this with a solution that makes sense — something that provides for the needs at the federal level, but makes sense at the state level.

State Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville

How is Indiana planning for growth in the use of our transportation system?

We need to look at factors that are measurable: congestion, economic development, usage. I think if we get data-driven it will make a big difference going forward … The north part of the state has toll roads, the south part of the state has toll roads. What part isn’t tolled? Central Indiana. Politically, that discussion will have to be addressed.

What infrastructure funding mechanisms are possible?

I am in favor of tolling. It’s not our father’s or grandfather’s tolling. It’s not 10-lane toll booth. It’s a gantry that you drive through. It’s all electronic with customer support systems. In Indiana, we have 0.6 percent of our revenue in tolling. Nationwide, it is up to 11 percent … I also think general tax dollars should be used — but how do we place that?

State Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis

How is Indiana planning for growth in the use of our transportation system?

I think we’ve made strides. We continue to establish qualified committees and taskforces. They continue to prioritize, hopefully objectively, the projects that will have the most bang for the taxpayers’ buck. They identify the roads, interstates and bridges that need to be repaired or built.

What infrastructure funding mechanisms are possible?

All the pieces are on the table. I have a lot to learn about the tolling technologies that allow you to separate local traffic versus long distance. I think indexing has pitfalls, but could be addressed by having a set period of time and review. It’s going to be interesting to see how inflation pans out with a new administration in Washington. It’s conceivable that if things don’t go ideally for the Trump administration, we could have small trade battles and inflation could be a byproduct of that.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 317-726-5391, ext. 4, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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