INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite claims that parking and traffic patterns will be maintained, some Indianapolis residents are still against the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit program, an electric bus project planned for 2018.
An online petition on change.org to stop the Red Line project has 132 signatures, as of Tuesday morning.
One person believes it is unnecessary to have more public transportation in the area.
"I live on College at supposedly one of the busiest areas," Holly Meyers from Indianapolis wrote. "There are already many Indygo buses that go down our street for anyone that is interested! These current buses are about 99-95% empty. All the time. As in every day people do not take them."
The planned route for Phase 1 of Red Line is:
- Begins near College Avenue and 66th Street
- South on College Avenue to 38th Street
- West on 38th Street to Meridian Street
- South on Meridian Street to 18th Street
- West on 18th Street to Capitol Avenue
- South on Capitol Avenue to the Downtown Transit Center via Washington or Maryland streets
- Southeast on Virginia Avenue to Shelby Street
- Ending at the University of Indianapolis
The project's creators say they have done a traffic simulation for the area, and don't believe there will be any increase in traffic congestion.
Many opponents of the Red Line would rather see it on Keystone Avenue, where there is more space available for the bus.
"If the city thinks a red line is valuable, move it to Keystone Ave where the population and business density is higher and the road is larger to accommodate the plan," Amy Franklin of Indianapolis wrote. "Who in the college corridor do they think is going to ride this? I live in the area and never got asked if I would use this. Please stop this ridiculous plan."