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Indy Red Line Bus Rapid Transit

Mockup Of Bus Rapid Transit/IndyGo

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Tuesday, August 25, 2015. (Interview on IndyGo Red Line Starts At 56:49 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Indianapolis is moving closer to starting construct finding funding to construct a modern mass transit route. It’s called the Red Line and it would run from Westfield in northern Hamilton County through Carmel and Fishers down into Indianapolis though Broad Ripple, Butler Tarkington, past Methodist Hospital, downtown, under the Fieldhouse and down past Garfield Park past the University of Indianapolis and down into Greenwood in Johnson County.  Bryan Luellen with IndyGo appeared on Afternoons with Amos to update the community on the project which has reached the engineering stage.  That’s where detailed blueprints are being developed for the line which would involved elongated electric buses traveling in dedicated bus lanes with stations every half mile.

Indy Red Line Bus Rapid Transit

How Red Line Would Be Paid For/IndyGo

IndyGo hopes that 80% of the funding would come from the Federal Government.  The remaining funds would come from fares and from additional funding that would have to be OK’d by voters in a referendum hopefully next November.  In the interview Luellen talked about the advantages of this new Red Line which would include frequent service to areas where jobs are and will be developed in the three counties.  You can learn more information about the Proposed Red Line by Clicking the Link.  WEBSITE FOR INDYGO RED LINE BUS RAPID TRANSIT  (Indy Reaction To Stop And Frisk Proposals At 24:22 Mark On Media Player). Fierce, strong negative reaction from listeners and the community to the proposal by Ten Point Coalition’s Rev. Charles Harrison that IMPD should employ “stop and frisk” tactics to reduce surge in Indy’s gun violence.  hear listeners strong views on this issue. (Interview Starts At 3:28 Mark On Media Player). The United Negro College Fund/UNCF is using Indianapolis and New Orleans as two communities where UNCF is engaged not just in raising funds to support Black colleges and universities, but also to engage the Black community in conversations about education quality and improving school options and quality from kindergarten through high school.  In an interview on Afternoons with Amos UNCF Senior VP Sekou Biddle was asked tough questions about whether the pace of education change, especially here in Indianapolis, has been so overwhelming that the community is tuning out those changes.  Biddle was joined by Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo of The Mind Trust who talked about that organizations continued conversation event talking about improving the quality of education and schools in Indianapolis/Marion County. It was a fascinating interview that raised serious questions and concerns about the pace of education changes and reform and whether schools and school administrators have really understood the importance of really connecting with the community rather than forcing change for the sake of change.  (Pike Township YMCA Partnering With The VA Interview At 1:19:40 Mark On Media Player). More progress out in Pike Township and the Pike Township YMCA. The Pike Y has announced an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs that Pike YMCA will be providing a wide range of services not just for area residents, but also focusing on providing services to our veterans.  Eric Ellsworth Indianapolis YMCA President/CEO and Steve Corititt of the Pike YMCA Board explained what’s going to be happening to Afternoons with Amos.

Avondale Meadows YMCA

Inside Indy Area YMCA

Both Ellsworth and Corbitt said that the tie in with veterans and with the VA Hospital will be a spark to help with the ongoing fundraising to finally construction the Pike YMCA on land donated by the Pike Township Schools at 52nd and Lafayette Road. Among the services the Pike Y would be providing veterans would include: Gym with full access and special therapy for people with disabilities; Pool with full access and special therapy for people with disabilities; Rooms for individual and family counseling sessions; Computer lab for access to job opportunities; VA services such as outpatient physical therapy, aquatic therapy and recreational therapy; Complementary and alternative therapies, such as Tai Chi, yoga and creative art classes, which can be useful for fitness, as well as for addressing pain and helping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Warrior to Soulmate workshops, which help veterans and their significant others renew and reconnect relationships affected by military service and also be an incubator for new ideas that can help improve outcomes for Veterans and their families nationwide. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Runs 100 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.