With regard to the proposed mass transit project, we had written some time ago that we supported an improved system which would make it easier - as an example - for an individual in Irvington to get to a job in Broad Ripple.
We were delighted to see in the lead editorial of our Sunday paper that those folks have joined us, with these words.
"It’s often impractical for a person who lives on the east side to use city buses to commute to a job on the northwest side because routes and run times are so limited." Thus admitting, while at the same time ignoring, the need for mass transit.
We would, of course, have been pleased if the same editorial had then explained how the top priority for the (not mentioned here) Red Line, straight through the center of the city, is going to help the person in their example.
The basic premise of the editorial is that city officials ought to be forcefully supporting the upcoming referendum for a new tax. The editor loves the way Mayor Peterson lobbied so strongly for Lucas Oil Stadium.
We had a less than adequate transit system long before it was decided to build and maintain a $750 million football palace. The policy of assigning priority to stadium construction over improved transit was a precedent and is being continued by putting the Red Line ahead of the needs of the east-to-west commuter
The editorial closes with this thought. "Just as the stadium and convention center have made Indy a better place to work and to call home, a viable transit system also would help improve the quality of life for many of the city’s residents."
Obviously, the "quality of life for many of the city’s residents" - including those who will never be able to afford to attend a football game at the stadium - is still relegated to a secondary priority.