Urban Indy is partnering with the new Transit Drives Indy website to promote the Indy Connect ballot referendum, which will appear before the full City Council on Monday, May 9thÂ at 7 pm in the City County Building. We intend to run a series of blog posts from citizens in support of the plan. Our first guest post is from Kallan Carr:
As a Midtown resident, I love everything about my neighborhood. My husband and I bought our home at 46th and Carrollton because we wanted to enjoy all aspects of city life in Indianapolis. We love to walk to restaurants, the store, bike to Broad Ripple and enjoy all the amenities our little slice of Indianapolis offers. We also bought our home, one block over from 46th and College because of the possibility of the Red Line project.
The one thing missing from our Indianapolis urban lifestyle is the ability to go down to a one car family. Now sure, there are some weekends we donâ€™t even get in our cars. But during the week with full time jobs, evening commitments and a one-year-old little girl, we usually have about 15 things going on at once. The current public transportation system in Indianapolis just doesnâ€™t allow for us to use it daily. The Red Line could change all of that for us. The speed and efficiency of the Red Line will allow us the flexibility to use mass transit to commute and make the possibility of owning just one car a reality.
On average, it costs over $8,000 a year to commute by car. This includes maintenance, gas, insurance, car payments, etc. Compare $8,000 to the $720/year average cost to commute by IndyGo and that is real money for Indianapolis families. Not to mention the fact that efficient public transportation is a necessity for families that canâ€™t afford the $8,000 a year it costs to own a car. We owe it to Indianapolis families to provide them reliable public transportation options to get to work, school and live their lives.
Selfishly, I want the Red Line because I know it will make my life easier and save me money. But letâ€™s be honest. We need mass transit to keep Indianapolis moving in the right direction. We need mass transit to continue to stay competitive, desirable and attract young professionals and working families. We are in constant competition with other large Midwest cities and our lack of reliable mass transit is hurting us. Young people in Indianapolis want the option of being car free and families want to have the option of being one car (or possibly no car) families. I want my children to grow up here and stay here and I feel that mass transit is crucial for the success and growth of Indianapolis in the future.