View From The Porch: At 1 fell swoop…


I’d by no means applied IndyGo, our city’s mass transit program, in the ten years I’ve lived right here. I hate memorizing bus schedules and transfers and stuff like that, and so just by no means bothered.

The Monon Trail? I use that all the time it really is a easy bicycle highway from property to Broad Ripple Village appropriate, and you only have to be concerned about 1 grade crossing among right here and there, given that there is a bridge more than busy Kessler Avenue. But buses? Just by no means genuinely bothered.

But then they place in the Red Line, a simulated streetcar service utilizing articulated buses as an alternative of trolley automobiles, suitable down the middle of College Avenue close to the home.

Individuals griped that they had been “taking away” a lane of visitors on College, but genuinely they had been just taking it back, what with College becoming 3 lanes wide given that the streetcars applied to run up the center lane. You could even see the old railroad ties exactly where they tore up the road to set up the Red Line stations, given that they’d just paved more than the old tracks.

Anyhow, now a bus whizzes previous the station at 54th and College each and every ten-ish minutes in either path. In a sort of “The very first hit’s totally free, kid!” style, the Red Line is totally free to ride for the month of September, and I created use of that truth to go and do a couple downtown errands with out obtaining to be concerned about parking or the like.

The downtown Roberts Camera retailer is an effortless ten minute stroll from the Red Line station at Capitol Avenue &amp 9th Street, so I dropped off a roll of Ilford XP2* on Thursday and then strolled more than to The Eagle on Mass Ave for lunch, then walked the couple of blocks south down Delaware to the central bus station and caught the northbound Red Line for property.

That was handy, and with none of the annoyances of driving downtown or attempting to uncover parking. (Final time I attempted to consume lunch at The Eagle, I circled the block twice till I got a parking space that was reasonably close.)

I repeated the overall performance on Friday, albeit grabbing lunch at The Tap as an alternative of The Eagle, and it went just as smoothly.

I am a massive Red Line fan now.

Noodling about in Google Maps this morning, I realized that the Red Line station at Capitol Avenue and Washington Street is, like, a ten minute stroll from the front door of the State Museum and it really is not considerably additional to the gates of the zoo.

Thanks to the Red Line, it is now about a 1 mile stroll from my home to the zoo, with a thirty minute bus ride sammiched in the middle of it.

Guess exactly where I am going at some point this week?

*Ilford XP2 is a C41 approach black &amp white film that can be processed by any location that processes colour film. Actual B&ampW processing is a lot tougher to come by these days if you do not do it at property.


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