Mass transit has clear economic benefits in linking our workforce to job opportunities across the Indianapolis metropolitan area, to the advantage of both prospective workers and the businesses that hire them. Transit infrastructure also pays off in new development opportunities in the adjacent neighborhoods – as in Dallas, where $4.2 billion in business and new housing sprang up along the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) system between 1999 and 2007.
But transit also adds to the general quality of life of our region by increasing mobility and connectivity to both employment and cultural/recreational amenities. It makes a ‘walkable urban’ lifestyle a more realistic choice. It’s an investment in convenience for commuters and visitors, in environmental sustainability and building more vibrant communities.
These are values that are broadly shared, especially by the next generation of young professionals – the up-and-coming college graduates who are choosing where to begin their professional lives or pursue new career opportunities.
For Central Indiana, continuing to attract new business opportunities and investment in the knowledge-based economy means building a highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce – and that means being a destination of choice for young talent.
An editorial by Sara Laycock in yesterday’s Star does a great job making the case for mass transit as a necessary investment in our human capital pipeline. Please take a moment to read it here.