The Red Line gets its name from the fire it will incite in your homes and offices

Today in some of the stupidest things I’ve read in a while: buses will make us all burn alive in our homes and offices.

From a FOX 59 story on the Red Line:

“John Kniesly restated his ongoing request that IndyGo release the plan it has been developing with IMPD, IFD and IEMS for more than a year”

Grasping at straws, are we?

“At first, an IndyGo forum moderator rebuffed Kniesly and told him he could file a Freedom of Information Act request for the public document”

Kind of a jerk move. Not cool.

“What I see is potential bottlenecks with a stopped IndyGo megabus in the center lane and an emergency vehicle speeding up the road in one lane or the other according to the plan,” said Kniesly.”

Well, I suspect it’ll be no different if you pulled alongside a semi trailer, a dump truck, a school bus, an existing IndyGo bus, a tour bus, a snowplow, a tow truck with a load, a traveling circus, or really anything that isn’t a Volvo.

“If we are going northbound on College with the emergency vehicle, and you happen to be coming southbound, and you’re in the blind spot, you come to a stop. And you’re in the blind spot of the emergency vehicle who now maybe has to swing to the southbound lane to get around… I would not want to be in that vehicle.”

Maybe don’t leave your house then. It’s dangerous out there. I have even worse news for you if you actually tried walking across most streets in town, too.

“I would say under an emergency situation, we are adding to the danger for the neighborhood,” said Kniesly. “The danger may lie in traffic issues, but it’s certainly gonna lie in delayed response time for our public servants who are responding to an emergency.”

Two weeks ago I was coming home and an ambulance came down New York Street during rush hour. It got stuck because three lanes of traffic were five or six cars deep. We all just sat there and then the light changed and it made a path. Construction in the right lane had that shut down, but you know what would have happened if it wasn’t? The ambulance would have sat there with four lanes of traffic three or four cars deep.

“I would say under an emergency situation, we are adding to the danger for the neighborhood,” said Kniesly. “The danger may lie in traffic issues, but it’s certainly gonna lie in delayed response time for our public servants who are responding to an emergency.”

No one cares about your alley. Nor is anyone going to say, “I guess College is a little weird, better drive home using nothing but alleys, driveways, and towpaths.”

Can we agree some people don’t like construction, the Red Line, transit, or really any spending on anything ever — public or private? You’re not going to burn alive in your house or be held at gunpoint and killed because police or IFD can’t drive around a bus. Jiminy, this is no different if a school bus had its stop arm out or heaven forbid, a train. See: literally the entire east side.

If we’re going to complain and whine about public spending on projects, let’s talk about Albuquerque’s “project lemonade” BRT system, buses that don’t run, and their mayor’s shut down of the system. Or how Cleveland’s BRT system is hailed as a success when most of the development that grew along the corridor was also heavily subsidized. Or, let’s talk about the cost benefit of BRT vs plain ordinary bus service with half the number of stops. Or that it doesn’t go far enough because BRT lanes should be able to handle a bus every minute or faster, and ours isn’t going to do that. These are all valid criticisms.

Grasping at the notion we’re all going to die because a highly trained fire truck driver can’t figure out how to get around a bus on a three lane road is just insulting to the driver and lacking creativity on your part. You know what they’ll probably do? Same thing they do on every road in town that’s two lanes.

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Justin Harter for District 12