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Posted on: March 7, 2018

City Seeks Input on Transportation Survey

March 1, 2018


Andrew Forrester at 812-265-8300 or

Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program Seeks to Improve Public Transportation Options for Madison, Indiana

Madison, Ind. – The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) is awarding a $25,000 contract to the City of Madison, Indiana to undertake a public transit study. It seeks to identify the public’s demand for a fixed route bus system and ridesharing services (such as Uber or Lyft) in City and Jefferson County. The Envision Jefferson County team cited transportation as a barrier to employment, access to health care and educational opportunities. A survey was developed to examine whether buses, on-demand ridesharing or a combination may play a role in the future Madison, Indiana and the surrounding area.

“Madison, Indiana is interested in finding out whether there is a public demand for public transit which could help build a stronger economy and provide another transportation link between downtown Madison and the hilltop.” said Andrew Forrester, Community Relations Director for the City of Madison. “We can do this by identifying the demand for transit services, along with its gaps and disconnects among members of the community.”

The City of Madison, in conjunction with the Purdue Center for Regional Development, North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC), hopes that members of the public participate in an online survey which will determine the most popular routes and whether there is a willingness to pay for the additional transportation services.

The transportation study, led by the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and supported by Purdue University’s Civil Engineering and Agricultural Economics departments will gauge the public’s interest in six transportation scenarios. The survey may be accessed by typing:

About the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP)

Many communities today, particularly places where defense is a critical component of the regional economy, are experiencing economic shock resulting from downsizing of the nation’s military. The purpose of the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) is to minimize the impact of lost jobs and disruption to firms and communities by exploring and implementing economic and workforce planning and revitalization efforts.

To address this reality in Indiana, Purdue has joined forces with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, along with colleagues at The Ohio State University, to launch the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP). Funding for this initiative was secured from the Office of Economic Adjustment/Department of Defense.

Under the program, PCRD is working alongside the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to provide critical services and resources to Indiana industries and communities/regions situated in areas most significantly impacted by defense contracting cutbacks. By fostering economic stabilization, growth and diversification, DMAP seeks to maintain and enhance manufacturing infrastructure and capacity in order to meet national security priorities across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, a region that is vital to our nation’s defense and security system.

The purpose of this particular Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) community project is to assist the City of Madison in analyzing opportunities that may exist for public transit.

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