VIBRANT COMMUNITY: Marion County Transit Plan expands access to jobs, education, food, and health care

Originally posted to on April 20, 2016 by Thomas Healy.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Hike, Bike & Bus Week Committee sponsored awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of safe and healthy alternative modes of transportation. Using the theme “Meet People Face-to-Face instead of Bumper-to-Bumper,” the grassroots group sought to build a more connected, convivial community.

The intervening decades have demonstrated the benefits of investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Indy now boasts the world-class Cultural Trail and one of the country’s top rail-trails, the Monon Trail.

Adjacent property values have soared, economic development has flourished, and neighborhood health and vitality have improved.

However, lack of investment in the city’s bus system has resulted in its being ranked among the worst of its peers.

That’s poised to change if voters support a proposed referendum that would improve funding for IndyGo, the public corporation that operates buses in the county. Additional funding will help IndyGo implement the Marion County Transit Plan, a 5-year strategy to significantly expand frequent and convenient bus service.

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