When Does the Time Zone Change to Central in Indiana?

Indiana is officially in the Central Time Zone, but some communities choose to follow fast time throughout the year, essentially aligning with the Eastern Time Zone. This has been the case since the early 1970s.

Six counties near Chicago (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton and Starke) and six counties near Evansville (Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Gibson and Pike) were placed in the Central Time Zone respecting Daylight Saving Time. In the late 1940s, the use of Daylight Saving Time, known as fast time, became popular in cities.

Following the Fulton County bus stop accident that killed three children in late October, Indiana lawmakers are resuming debate on changing Indiana to Central Time across the state.

The debate over whether Indiana should switch to Central Time has been ongoing for decades. Proponents of the change argue that it would make life easier for Hoosiers by aligning with neighboring states and reducing confusion over time zones. Opponents of the change argue that it would disrupt businesses and cause confusion for travelers.

The decision to switch to Central Time is ultimately up to Indiana lawmakers. If they decide to make the change, it would be implemented across the entire state.

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