"Given Indy’s property tax mess (News, “Daniels Orders Business Tax Reassessment,” Aug. 1-8), I am gravely concerned for the future of IndyGo public transit. Even though they have announced new express routes by the end of the year, I am highly skeptical, since Marion County residents seem reluctant to pay for another cost to go along with sewer and library upgrades as well as the costs associated with public safety and the Super 70 project as well as the pensions due to city employees dating to the end of World War 1.
What’s even more amazing, Carmel has prospered economically without public transit, which may lead Indianapolis to follow its northern suburb’s coattails.
The facts speak for themselves: Only less than one-half of 1 percent of Marion County residents ever use IndyGo, compared with 6 percent of the population of Los Angeles, a city more dependent on the automobile than Indy! Nearly half the time I try catching an IndyGo bus, it never shows up because it has been yanked, presumably due to low ridership!
IndyGo dictates that they never use this policy to curb fuel usage, but I feel they are not telling the truth, since they often hire volunteers known as “bean counters” to assess how many people actually ride the bus on a given day at what time and route.
We may say we want public transit, but our wallets speak otherwise. When IndyGo becomes yet another Indy corporate dinosaur, look for TV ads from car dealerships offering huge incentives to customers who ditch the bus.