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Updated: October 25, 2013 6:09AM
Mass transit needs public support
This story about a historical marker with regard to Indiana and Gary’s past (Post-Tribune, Sept. 21) also tells a story about the future of the state of Indiana. In editions of local newspapers one week prior to this story a proposal was put forth by Congressman Visclosky regarding an expansion of the commuter rail system in Indiana. Many officials state, county and local representatives did not seem to receive this idea with any positive reaction.
The past of mass transit is now history and shown in a marker in Gary. But now is the time for all of Indiana to decide the future of mass transit in the 21st century. The future of Indiana is not in past streetcar systems, it is in the new systems that have been developed in Europe, Asia, the Mediterranean, as well as Australia. All of these mass transit systems move people, goods and other commodities at efficient speed and time to their destinations.
But of course some who are in public office or positions of influence think that remembrances of past public transit is enough to advance Indiana. Others believe that the state is doing fine on mid-20th century transportation!
The truth is that Indiana and its citizens live in the 21st century and if we as a group do not move with the times as well as the technical and 21st-century needs of its citizens, this state may become a less desirable place to live or do business.
Gerald E. Jawor