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November 06, 2016


Gene Poole

It's more like the Red Ink Line or Red Lie...

Leslie Baker

I found myself sighing as I read that article. Skimmed it, really, because I knew that we couldn't count on the Star to print the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

I saw in said paper--so I can't confirm the accuracy without looking it up--that today was the day Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States. I wonder what Honest Abe would say if he was here today.

Karen Neiswinger

Another thing about the piece that is less than honest, and that is attempting to compare Cleveland's Health Line with the Red Lie (loved it, Gene Pool). Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was an absolute slum, dangerous place, before their BRT. Building the BRT in Cleveland did improve property values along the line, because they had no place to go but up, but someone please tell me, on what planet Euclid Avenue in Cleveland is even remotely comparable to College Avenue in Meridian-Kessler, or Meridian Street.

The Health Line connects suburban areas east and west of Cleveland, via Euclid Avenue, to Case Western Reserve University and its teaching hospitals, as well as Cleveland State University. Red Lie does none of this, although IndyGo claimed that it would deliver patients, visitors and employees to IU Medical Center, in its application for the grant. Actually, a patient, visitor or employee would need to obtain a transfer because it's too far to walk, a little factoid IndyGo only recently admitted publicly, and that was after I asked them the question, for the record.

Red Lie doesn't go to IUPUI or Butler University, either, contrary to IndyGo's claim in its application. The Health Line in Cleveland is in no manner comparable to the proposed Red Lie.

Next, is using disabled people to hawk Red Lie, as well as the Chamber's misleading signs "Keep Indy Moving Forward", all of which imply there will be NO bus service if the referendum doesn't pass, or that disabled persons are severely disadvantaged with the existing service. Bus service already exists, and I've never heard any specifics about how or why disabled or aged persons are disadvantaged by the current system. Overall, people in Indianapolis simply prefer driving, and there's nothing wrong with that.

If the IndyStar wanted to really be informative, they should do a piece about the effect of raising the county option income tax, and how this would impact the decision of young families as to where to purchase a home. With poorly performing IPS schools and the highest county taxes in the area, this will drive away young couples thinking of starting a family, as well as families with school-age children. I've seen it in my own neighborhood too many times--a couple buys a house, they start a family, but when the children are old enough to start school, they move away because for the same money they can purchase a bigger house in another county with good schools and lower taxes.

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