The nextÂ monthÂ will be absolutely critical for supporters of Indianapolis Transit. First, they need to pass the budget for 2017. The budget didn’t clear a Committee Hearing last month in a surprise move. Fortunately there is still time to save the budget, with a hearing scheduled at the full Council next Monday at 7pm at the City-County Building.
Supporters of transit are encouraged to attend, starting across the street at the City Market at 6:30 pm. Attendees will be provided a Transit Drives Indy t-shirt.
Also, there are now finally yard signs in support of the Transit Expansion Plan to combat the ones that the anti-transit folks have been displaying. There are more signs atÂ IndyHub,Â MIBOR, or you could contact Transit Drives Indy to request one.
This is absolutely critical. I’ve been talking about transit on this website for 9.5 years, and it’s the first chance for us to actually improve the network. This means:
- Earlier start times
- Later stop times
- More frequent routes
- More Bus Rapid Transit to add to the Red Line
- More trustworthy funding for a system that is always trying to make lemonade out of lemons.
- For more, including the best summary of what this all means, check out this PDF.
I urge you to vote for this initiative, if you live in Marion County. Even if you don’t plan on riding the bus, more people riding in buses on the road means fewer cars for you to have to deal with.