So, here’s the plan...
...to snooker the taxpayers again. For the Red Line - what else? (For any new reader, also known as the Stadium-Palladium Line.)
$95 million has apparently been included in federal legislation which, we are told, will cover the cost of that initial segment of the major transit boondoggle. We are all supposed to celebrate that fact.
Well, what the hell. The national debt has already reached the $19,000,000,000,000 mark. (That’s trillions, in case you lost count of the zeros!) And the president is sending a $4 trillion budget to congress, including our $95M. Turns out the late Ev Dirksen, US senator from Illinois was a real piker. His quote was, "A billion here and a billion there, and the first thing you know, you’re talking about a lot of money!"
Of course the $95M only covers the cost of the first leg of the Red Line. The balance will have to be covered by local income taxes in Hamilton, Marion and Johnson counties. We are assured in the morning paper that those folks are happily looking forward to voting this increase upon themselves.
That despite the already appearing dissatisfaction engendered by traffic problems where dedicated lanes and mid-street loading platforms will play havoc with non-riders use of streets. This problem of course, according to proponents, just ain’t gonna’ happen.
The voters will no doubt have that favorable feeling enhanced by a tremendous amount of publicity of the concept that, "We’ve already spent $100 million, and it would be foolish to stop here." (The sincerity of this approach might be questioned somewhat since the Stadium-Palladium part of the project would already be in place.)
We conclude by quoting a Freudian typo in the paper. The Executive Director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization supposedly said;
"It is going to take a lot of educating the public. This will be the first rapid BUST transit project in the state." (Our emphasis!) An omen???