Mass Transit is Worth Fighting For

By: Jill Clark

It was still dark out when my dad and I parked at Midway Airport and walked onto the train platform. We boarded the Orange Line at 5:45, and made it to downtown Chicago at 6:20. At five years old, this was a fast paced adventure. The doors closed just as quickly as they opened, and, some how, dozens of people were able to board the train. The train screeched to a halt at Madison and Wells, where my dad and I quickly jumped off, walked down the grimy metal stairs, and into the front door of his building. My dad had been making this effortless commute for 10 years.

15 years later, I’ve taken the train more times than I can count. With two viable trains, the el and the Metra, within minutes of my house, there is no better or more efficient way to get into the city. Mass transit has always been a logical option for me, so you can imagine my surprise when I moved to Indiana for college, without a car, and had no reasonable way to get around. In the few years that I have lived here, I have seen many different areas of the Hoosier state. Towns are few and far between, giving the state that small town feel; small towns that could thrive with the addition of rail. The people I have met along the way have so much to offer, and I just think of how they could share their gifts with the state if there was a more convenient way of transportation. With the unpredictable weather, and the ever expanding roadway construction, rail would be a benefit to the people of Indiana.

Mass Transit is worth fighting for.