IndyGo rider with impaired vision: Red Line gives me freedom


INDY GO’S RED LINE PROJECT HAS CAUSED SOME FRUSTRATIONS FOR DRIVERS AROUND THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA. BUT MANY ACROSS THE CITY SEE IT AS A SIGN OF PROGRESS. GOOD EVENING EVERYONE… I’M NINA CRISCUOLO. WISH TV’S SIERRA HIGNITE SAT DOWN WITH ONE MAN WHO HAS BEEN RELYING ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR YEARS… SHE JOINS US NOW WITH HIS PERSPECTIVE. GOOD EVENING, SIERRA… *SIERRA*) WHEN STUCK IN STAND STILL TRAFFIC BECAUSE OF A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT.. FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU DON’T USE.. YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HOW SOMEONE WOULD GET UPSET. BUT TODAY I SAT DOWN WITH SETH JOHNSON WHO SAYS.. WITHOUT INDY GO.. AND THE RED LINE.. HE WOULDN’T HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GO WHERE HE WANTS.. WHEN HE WANTS. *SIERRA HIGNITE REPORTIN*) SETH JOHNSON HAD A BRAIN TUMOR AT 5 YEARS OLD THAT EFFECTED HIS VISION. HE IS NOW VISUALLY IMPAIRED.. AND IS ALMOST COMPLETLEY BLIND IN ONE EYE.. MAKING HIM INELIGABLE FOR A DRIVERS LICENSE.. SO HE USES THE BUS TO GET AROUND TOWN. ((SETH JOHNSON/ USES INDY- GO: “I TAKE UBER’S WHEN THE BUS ISN’T RUNNING BUT THAT ISN’T AFFORDABLE ALL THE TIME.”)) 14-20 JOHNSON SAYS HEARING PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE INCONVENIENCES THE RED LINE CONSTRUCTION HAS CAUSED THEM IS FRUSTRATING… BECAUSE HE SAYS.. HE HAS HAD TO RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HIS ENTIRE ADULT LIFE. ((SETH JOHNSON/ USES INDY- GO: “I WOULD ASK OTHERS TO JUST EMPATHIZE WITH THE FACT THAT THE RED LINE IS GOING TO HELP OUT SO MANY PEOPLE. WHETHER YOU MIGHT BE INCONVENIENCED BY IT OR NOT, THE FACT THAT IT IS HAPPENING IS HUGE PROGRESS FOR INDIANAPOLIS.” )) JOHNSON GREW UP IN AN AREA WITHOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.. BEFORE MOVING TO INDIANAPOLIS.. HE HAD TO RELY ON FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO HELP HIM GET FROM A TO B. ((SETH JOHNSON/ USES INDY- GO:”LIVING IN INDIANAPOLIS RIGHT NOW IS THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN ABLE TO GO PLACES WHEN I WANT TO GO AND NOT RELY ON PEOPLE TO PICK ME UP.”)) MORE AND MORE JOHNSON SEE’S NEW PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. FOR HIM… THE INDY GO EXPANSION HAS GIVEN HIM A NEW SENSE OF FREEDOM. ((SETH JOHNSON/ USES INDY- GO:”THE INDEPENDENCE THAT INDY GO GIVES ME IS SOMETHING THAT IS SO EMPOWERING TO ME AND MY LIFE BECAUSE I NEVER HAD THAT GROWING UP.”)) WHILE HE UNDERSTANDS DRIVERS’ FRUSTRATIONS.. JOHNSON ASKS THAT PEOPLE REMEMBER.. THEY AREN’T THE ONLY ONES THAT HAVE TO GET TO WHERE THEY ARE GOING. ((SETH JOHNSON/ USES INDY- GO: “I KNOW THAT CHANGE CAN SOMETIMES BE A LITTLE BIT HARD TO GET USED TO BUT I FEEL LIKE IF THIS CITY REALLY WANTS TO CONTINUE GROWING AND CONTINUE BEING BETTER AND CONTINUE PROGRESSING TO BE A WORLD CLASS CITY, HAVING GREAT PUBLIC TRANSIT IS SOMETHING THAT IS VITAL.”)) *SIERRA*) INDY GO RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING: “INDYGO IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING A RELIABLE MOBILITY OPTION FOR ALL WHO COUNT ON US. AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT RIDDEN WITH US FOR AWHILE BUT ARE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTION. FOR MANY INDIANAPOLIS RESIDENTS, INDYGO IS THE ONLY OPTION AND THE RED LINE WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND RELIABILITY OF OUR PUBLIC TRANSIT NETWORK.”

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