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I have a unique perspective & valuable insights as one raised on public transportion in Indy, a daily commuter, & now an IndyGo bus driver.

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Having seen public transportation in Indianapolis from all sides, I recognize that there are successes and failures in our current system.  It is extremely challenging to serve all classes equally. In order to be cost effective, it is necessary to attract all levels of commuters. Incentives for those of means are very different from those motivating the economically challenged. One common necessity use for safety and security.  No one wants to ride a bus full of drug dealers and drunks. Those who can afford it will often opt for private transportation such as Lyft and Uber.  It's unfair to expect bus drivers to police a full size or articulated city coach. One alternative is to have transit police attend random or selected routes.  I think a more effective solution would be to re design hub and routes around a smaller shuttle.  Not only good routing service be more effectively extended into currently unserved neighborhoods, but security would be much more easily maintained on a smaller vehicle.  In fact, since automation is likely the way of the future, such vehicles might more easily be retrofitted.

These are just a few ideas.

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M. Rachel Jones Thank you so much for this! Your perspective is so unique and valuable! Those ideas are really interesting and it would be great to see how they could develop. Do you know any other cities that use similar methods in their transit systems?

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Thank you Mr. Hoffmann, I've had the pleasure of using mass transit in Seattle, a world class system, and in San Francisco, also a beautifully organized system.
I've never seen a system organized on a 'spoke' hub system in a smaller city like Indy. I believe initiating such a system may be difficult in terms of land acquisition, on the other hand I would make a rough guess that it would pay for itself within the 1st 5 years by virtue of fuel savings and increased ridership/ efficiency.

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Thank you for following up! This is definitely something that could help drive the challenge. If you get the chance, please join us at the first community working session on April 17th.

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