Saturday morning’s paper gave us some more spin on the transit tax vote results. The headline told us, "Council districts went big for transit tax."
By using 19 of the 25 council districts, it got the win up to 71 percent. Under normal circumstances that might give bragging rights. This vote was held under far different conditions.
Public opposition was presented mainly by a couple of small, poorly financed organizations and occasional essays on personal blogs like this one.
Meanwhile, advocates had the advantage of three quarters of a million dollars funding, the widely announced support of the chamber of commerce, and at least a million dollars worth of "in kind" support in news reporting, editorial positions and one sided usage of letters to the editor.
Given those factors, we would suggest a "big" win would have been in the 85 to 90 percent range of support. Instead, despite "big" support, four out of ten voters still voted "NO".
We’ll ask a few of the still unanswered questions one more time.
1) Does the absolute insistence of highest priority for the Red Line (Bus Rapid Transit line - BRT) indicate the same priorities for other proposed BRT lines?
2) When will plans and priorities for the actual expansion of the current IndyGo grid of routes be announced?
3) If economic development is really a significant consideration, why is the Red Line diverted way from College Avenue at 38th Street? And, "coincidentally", away from the new, multimillion dollar downtown bus terminal and toward our multimillion dollar municipal football field?
4) And, why are curbside rider pickups being replaced by unknown thousands of dollars worth of traffic-disrupting loading stations in the middle of well traveled streets?
Honest answers to these, and other questions, could very well have reversed that "big" win now being claimed. Will we see any? Honest answers, that is.