Moving the masses for mass transit
The Indy Congregation Action Network
, a community-organizing group representing 30 churches across Marion County and into Carmel, is committed to rallying 10,000 people behind Central Indiana mass transit expansion efforts. Lawmakers parked the issue in study committee
and are expected to renew debate on the issue when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. "If we can hold the study committee accountable and we don't back off, I think the bill could go forward," said Rev. Carey Grady of Bethel AME, 404 W Vermont, and IndyCAN member. Mass transit supporters plan to launch their "Ticket to Opportunity Campaign" with a Nov. 7 rally at 2:15 p.m. on the Statehouse's Eastside steps, off Capitol Street. Organizers expect more than 17 faith denominations to participate. Clergy members plan to register voters at the bus stops
along Ohio Street and listen to riders' stories. Several lawmakers along with fellow transit advocates, including IndyConnect NOW and the Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit have been invited. IndyCAN's support of the transit issue grew from a listening campaign conducted one-on-one with members of all its churches - several thousand, according to Grady - in which leaders heard the need for expanded mobility as one of members' most pressing concerns.