Indianapolis: Let’s Talk Transit on Thursday Oct 20

The Indianapolis area votes this fall on a big measure that would create an effective citywide transit system, including a high-frequency grid covering the inner city and several Bus Rapid Transit Lines.  Read all about the plan here.

On October 20 I’ll be at an event called “Real Talk: Transit is On the Ballot”.  We’ll be doing an open house about the plan and I’ll also do a presentation about the big issues that are stake.

It’s 5:30-7 PM at Tindley Accelerated Schools, 3960 Meadows Drive.  Hope to see you there.


2 Responses to Indianapolis: Let’s Talk Transit on Thursday Oct 20

  1. MAB October 18, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Outstanding work, Jarrett!

  2. RussellInCincinnati October 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Jarrett’s presentation, at a small community outreach/feedback gathering in Indianapolis, was particularly impressive in three specific ways.

    First of all he made us feel that he was taking the group as seriously as he would have treated the audience at a national Ted Talk. There was no sense that he was just going through the motions with us small town/regular folks, in order to get on to some more important venue. For example he both answered all questions (even if small or off-topic), and then continued/adjusted his subsequent thoughts, in a way that showed that he was letting the questioners affect the way the presentation was going.

    Secondly, his spoken thoughts and beliefs on the important direction that Indianapolis transit could take (were Indianapolis residents to spend some money to make their bus service more frequent and effective), were as clear and economical as we have become accustomed to in his writing here on the Human Transit blog.

    Lastly he knew the limits of his role in the meeting, meaning that he did not let time get wasted by questioners leading him into topics or opinions or advocacy that would be best answered by politicians or financial experts. For example when someone asked him if the bus improvements “were worth” taxing Indianapolis households for $50 million dollars per year, he made it clear that all he wanted to show this evening is how much farther 60% of all Indianapolis residents could travel on mass transit within one hour than they can go now, if the plan went forward–the basic thing citizens and planners need to know to decide for themselves if the plan is “worthwhile.”

    If one was searching for negatives…perhaps Jarrett could have reminded (ahead of time) some of the other presenters at the meeting to make sure that the audience was given a super-memorable summary of the finances of the project. It wasn’t clear to me that the audience knew at their fingertips (1) how much money an average household would be laying out each of 5 years and (2) how much more matching Fed etc. money would then be flowing into the Indianapolis economy each year and (3) examples of studies showing how much money the ≈60% of Indy households within reach of the proposed system could then conceivably save in transportation costs. Such talk was not Jarrett’s job, but am looking for a nit to pick lest the reader think us reviewers are Pollyannas.

    A couple of photos of Jarrett in action:

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