Ride the bus to test your opinion on transit


This is part of a series of stories by Kimmel, who's given up her car and is relying primarily on public transit.

The first time the white Cadillac circled the block around me while I stood on the corner, I didn't think much of it. The second time, when it drove by, got up the road, turned around, and came back by, I started to pay a little more attention.

By the third lap, coming from a completely different direction, it became clear to me that the white Cadillac driving in circles was not a coincidence.

I should not have been surprised when the driver of the white Cadillac asked me if I was "working" and if there was anywhere he could take me.

After a few expletives and about half of what I wanted to say to him about how disgusting I thought he was, he peeled out and headed back in his original direction.

I stood there shocked. To say the least. It was 7:45 on a weekday morning.

About thirty seconds later, he was at the light in front of me AGAIN!

"Are you sure?"

"Yes, #%#*&@! I am sure!! I am waiting for the bus!"

"The bus?!"

I pointed to the sign above my head, maybe or maybe not with my middle finger, and watched as he slowly rolled up his window and rolled down the street.

Never a dull moment.

In other news, next time you see one of our City-County Councillors, give them a hug and thank them for casting the unanimous vote to pass the Complete Streets Ordinance and moving Indy, albeit slowly, into the future of transportation options.

I, for one, am pretty happy that it means I will someday have a more obvious bus stop to stand beneath.

Oh, and tomorrow (Friday, the 17th) is Indy Connect Day at the State Fair. Stop by and say hello to some of the awesome people behind the petition to get the ordinance passed. They deserve a whole lot of appreciation, as well.