Today’s chill in the air tells us that the seasons are shifting, and soon Indianapolis will be in the midst of another winter. The winter season also brings about a tougher experience for Indy’s transit riders. Poor route frequency, inadequate sidewalks, and few shelters all combine to make transit riding more difficult in the winter months. Curt Ailes will soon have a post on some of the upcoming specific changes in these areas, but I thought I would talk about some of the positives of bus riding in the winter. The first three are geared towards people who already travel by car, but the others are more general:
I’m glad to see that IndyGo is going to be increasing frequency and adding a new route. Much more can be done on this, but it is a good start.
The new shelters around town are attractive, and we could use a lot more of them, although I’m skeptical that they provide sufficient cover in the winter:
Lastly, the city has so many needs for sidewalks and pathways that it is almost difficult to know where to start, but we are getting started on that as well:
I would like it to be as easy and welcoming as possible to share in the experience of winter-time bus riding. Hopefully these improvements and others will start to help in that process.