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February 24, 2013


Gary Welsh

When I said weeks ago that they were already dividing up the contracts before the mass transit proposal had been approved, I really meant it. The IBJ article is a confirmation of this fact.

Jiim Fuquay

Engineering and architectural firms usually special in structures/markets, such as sports stadiums, high-rise buildings, and transit systems. Using an experienced firm can give the city access to proven models for both the building and cost of transit systems that can be scaled up or down depending on the city's needs and expected rates of expansion. Let's hope this approach surfaces in away that "normalizes" the expected costs and gives the taxpayers/funders more information. Regarding getting federal funds, if the city of Indianapolis doesn't get them, another city/state will. Lets make sure Indiana gets its fair share of these revenues; after all, we made the "donations." :)

William McCarthy

Jim is right on all counts. Indianapolis, like many other cities, once had an electric car transit system that was eventually displace by automobiles. Does this mean that our grandparents or great grandparents built 'boondoggle' projects like the electric streetcar and inter-urban systems simply because they became outmoded after 50 some odd years? Did they waste the taxpayers money? I think the city planners are to be commended for at least moving in the right direction

Gary Welsh

Uh, William, our grandparents and great-grand parents didn't build those street car boondoggles. They were all built and owned by private operators.

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