I know that I would love to take a day trip to Chicago or Indy: museums, movies, plays, shopping, etc. and not have to worry about driving back home after all that walking, with all those packages, after eating a really really big meal, and partying/drinking up at Boystown or Gregs respectfully. Having a Red Light Shuttle back to Fort Wayne would be amazeballs and I could sleep and sober up on the way back get in my car and drive home too.
The other problem I have
is the area surrounding the old train station is already log jammed
with CitiLink, Parkview Field/Harrison Square, and Greyhound Bus Service. The
Businesses around there and especially Powers Hamburgers, all at the
same intersection and not enough inexpensive short term or long term
parking to make it feasible for development that will actually be used.
And God forbid it if they try to close down After Dark Nightclub
(Dont piss off the Drag Queens!) or St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to provide more parking or
eliminate one more bar from their site plans for that area or turn it
over to one of their cronies at a profit.
It would be better
to use the midsize buses or full size vans on an isolated path road
(like I dont know an interstate or state/federal highway) and become
more diverse in both travel destinations and fuel economy. Rail for
passengers outside of Chicago, Indy, Columbus or Toledo, and Lansing,
anything outside of a two hour window, then I would consider it
necessary. However, Fort Wayne is also a central location for all of those
Cities mentioned above and that is where you achieve the rub of two
competing interest groups: travel from the Summit City and commerce
coming to the Summit City. Where we need transportation service isnt
just to and from the larger Cities it is the small towns within an hour or
two or three from here like Columbia City or Syracuse or Defiance, etc.
and that is where the CitiLink Service buses could be best used, out on
the open highway saving the smaller buses and full size vans for in
City and small town driving.
The other obvious objection would be to the use of $200,000 dollars of Legacy Funds, that expense should be covered from the surrounding businesses that will be affected by the expanded tourist dollars and travel lodgers first, and then paid by all the tax revenue that Harrison Square is allowed by law to retain under Special Zoning for maintenance and development, not the rest of the City for a project that by its own record wouldnt even consider turning a profit let alone be self sustaining until at least 2030 by its own speculations.
Besides there is always something else to waste $200,000 on like non supported QR technology (via Dan Turkette's Angry White Boy, October 2013) on street signs. (Really, City of Fort Wayne? Get with the times! You dont even have full wifi blanket across downtown and you want to use something that is three years out of date.) Maybe we could start by actually hiring a consultant that knows what they are talking about for a change? I suggest we start with rotating groups of students in college and/or high school whom have the latest technical knowledge in a particularly given field and pay them a thousand to five thousand bucks each (in scholarship grants partially), depending on the scope of the project and detail to which they are responsible to put together the proposal, action plans, and finally oversee implementation, even if it does or doesnt require a professional directly in charge of the project fruition. They will get it done a lot quicker and for a lot less money and it will last because they will want to show it to their grandchildren.
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