This morning I woke up, and there was a wonderful link sitting in my email inbox. It was a link to the Overhead Wire, and an outside analysis by them of the Indyconnect plan. The Overhead WireÂ specifically took on the NE Corridor and compared it to the Capital Metrorail in Austin, TX. In their post, they compared how the Austin line skirts the downtown area. SinceÂ Austin’s commuter lineÂ opening earlier this year, it has been the target of repeated criticism about how poor a design it is and that it is a major display of political letdown. Sound familiar? If you live in Indianapolis, all you have to do is surf over to the Indyconnect webpage, and see where the NE Corridor line is routed; because it’sÂ headed down the same road to where Austin already is.Â Â They even created some decent graphics comparing the two lines.
Indianapolis – Left Yellow is the University, Middle Yellow is Downtown, State Capital and the red line is the commuter rail.
Austin – Top Yellow is University of Texas, Bottom Yellow is State Capital and Downtown
They wrapped up by suggesting a route where rail should really go.
Â Oddly enough, it looks like a graphic that I posted last week in a freight study released in September. You can see plainly enough that the same yellow line was drawn on the map.
But as is the case, there simply isn’t enough money to make this a reality right now. Essentially, we get a short term political win, and long term struggle for those of us pushing for the implimentation of rail in Indianapolis proper. I posted about this same topic in March back at my own blog comparing what could happen. I want to send a thanks to the folks at The Overhead Wire for lending an opinion on this. This post is a lot of what they said, and my hopes are that locals can be exposed to this outside opinion.