Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a surprise appearance at the National Bike Summit in Washington DC. The Secretary made a strong pitch for diversified transportation options, as the Streetsblog article does a fine job of highlighting. This is another sign to me that the time is right for Indy Connect.
To be honest, improvements like Indy Connect probably could have happened 20 years ago, but perhaps a benefit to our traditional Hoosier conservative approach is that we can also learn from other cities’ progress and pitfalls. One way that I think we have learned is by starting out the plan with an improved IndyGo instead of solely focusing on rail. However, an issue that we absolutely have to solve is the lack of walkable density around suburban transit hubs, which is a concern that I have yet to see addressed. I also have not attended a meeting, so I’m hoping to find out more information about their plans.
Finally, another interesting tidbit about that is worth pointing out is that the light rail plan also includes high-frequency service, as mentioned by Huston Street Racing. Great catch!