"This dry accounting of the meeting doesn't begin to capture what it was actually like. The conduct of many of the IndyCAN members was utterly reprehensible and very unchristian. They were bullies who were not in the slightest bit interested in an honest exchange of ideas. Those who put on the meeting were especially at fault for the dishonest way in which they ran it. They weren't interested in a meeting in which both sides got heard. They had put on the meeting to set up Senator Delph, to put him in a position, in front of a room full of people with the media present in which he would feel so much pressure he'd pledge to support the mass transit bill. What a thoroughly disgusting tactic. Members of IndyCAN should be ashamed of what people on behalf of their organization tried to pull Monday night.
"While the IndyCAN representatives embarrassed themselves with their conduct, Senator Delph proved himself to be a class individual. He handled the unfortunate situation he was placed in with grace, dignity, and tolerance, the very embodiment of the Christian qualities that so many members of IndyCAN obviously lack."
Also, to answer blog reader John M's legitimate concerns about how much I actually ride the IndyGo bus: not often. I used to, when I worked, and lived off Hoover Road, but standing 45 minutes in a cold spring rain waiting for a bus that never came pretty much did me in. Guy (husband) rides the bus sometimes when he grades test papers at McGraw Hill on the Northwestside. He has to take the bus downtown and transfer there to come back up north to Butler-Tarkington. What is a 20 minute or less ride in the car takes more than an hour on the bus. It is also Guy who experienced urine on the seat of the bus, but that was an isolated incident.
I agree that this city needs and deserves a better, expanded, more efficient bus system. I'd love for the community to have a conversation about that. Unfortunately, the transit zealots have hijacked this issue, with light rail thrown in, and the result is a lot of rhetoric and shameless rah-rah in the Indianapolis Star, and not just on the editorial pages. It is embarrassing.
Finally, check out Anderson Cooper's CNN report on the boondoggle that mass transit has become in other states, with thanks to Gary Welsh/Advance Indiana for first publishing this...