I don’t think that it is a secret to any Urban Indy writer or reader that I haveÂ invested A LOT of personal (and family) time over the last 3 years taking photos, writing, travelling to various cities with better transit systems including Portland, DC, Charlotte and Chicago and dragging my family along the way for “another one of dad’s transit trips!”.
Full disclosure, my family has also had the privilege of hosting regional transit officials of the highest order over delicious meals prepared by my wife which include but are not limited to lasagna, pasta and with plenty of red wine, and local beer. I would like to think that the Urban Indy group has had a pretty good say in what has become Indy Connect. While we are not 100% pleased, we have been heard and the fact that we were able to usher busy transit officials into the living room of our homes for good food and beer says something about what people of Indianapolis are capable of getting done.
So it comes with utter disappointment that as tomorrow is coming on the road ahead and the possible death of HB1073 (Public Mass Transit), that I offer up the same invitation to any Indiana House Ways & Means Committee member. Come over to my home. I’ve already asked my wife Casey if she would be willing to have any of you, and Mr Espich, I am notably asking you, to come on over. Have a glass of wine and a plate of good food and lets talk transit. Maybe the appeal of good will and citizens willing to go the extra mile will instill a moment of bi-partisan cooperation or willingness to give just a little so that our little slice of the state can decide on our own whether or not we want improved transit.
Tonight is still open. My wife says I need to clean up the house a little, but otherwise, we are ready and willing to host once again for the sake of moving the needle.