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Officials Travel To Denver For Light Rail System Workshop

Last updated on Friday, October 17, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis government and business leaders head for Denver on Sunday for three days of workshops on how Denver built its light rail system.

City and county leaders in Central Indiana have authorized an environmental study for a possible light-rail line from Indy to Noblesville.

Denver has a population similar in size and personality, with a new airport and a cultural community centered on its downtown -- but unlike Indy, it's built a 54-mile rail system covering eight counties, and plans to triple that by 2030.

Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Charlie Garcia says the Indy delegation wants to hear more about the regional sales-tax referendum that paid for the rail line, and about the Denver area's success in hammering out a regional compact to facilitate cooperation on other issues.

The last of 10 sessions in Denver will shift gears away from mass transit to an unrelated topic: Denver's merit pay system for teachers. Indianapolis Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Jacquelyn Clency is part of the Indy delegation.

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