A week ago the IBJ published yet another article on the Red Line. It included a somewhat lengthy reference to the support thereof by a group of churches organized as IndyCAN, with the name of that group’s executive director. Rather than write the usual blog, we sent an email directly to that individual. The following is the text of that email.
"The latest issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) carries an extensive story on the transit situation, including your organization’s support thereof. As an individual I write a blog, Indy Tax Dollars, which has raised many questions about the proposal, while supporting the idea of MASS transit.
"Copies of the blog go to public officials and to media representatives. I get no answers - from either group. For your information I will include a few of the questions, with the suggestion that you might ask them since you obviously have better connections with both groups than I do.
"Why does the top priority go to a straight line route through the center of the city?
"Will that route really help the people you seemingly support - for instance, the individual who lives in Irvington and works at Glendale? Or any other person who needs to move about, other than between the Palladium and Lucas Oil Stadium?
"If economic development is really an aim, why are Meridian Street and Capitol Avenue the beneficiaries of a shift of the line to the detriment of College Avenue south of 38th Street?
"If there is truly a benefit to the city by increasing public transit use, why does every subsidized downtown developer use tax dollars to erect parking garages?
"Knowing that this goes completely against current culture and philosophy, I’ll raise it anyway. Is this the logical time to ask for financial assistance from a national government with a $19 trillion debt, for a purely local problem? Especially while annually shoveling millions of local tax dollars out to the owners of professional sports franchises?
"And, maybe most importantly, why are none of these questions being asked by the media?
"I wish you well in your overall program efforts. I suggest you take another look at the current approach to real transit improvement. It occurs to me that your $250,000 might be put to much better use!
We repeat, no reply.