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I saw this item in yesterday's paper, and FARK just reminded me: Census: Indy workers take subway; Local commuters also use trolley and ferry, bureau notes in a surprising report.
(Context alert: Indianapolis has no subway, trolley or ferry.)
Odd as it sounds, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 230 people in the Indianapolis area take a subway to work. Another 133 hop on a trolley, and 25 take a ferry.
"That kind of information isn't wrong," said Carol Rogers, who compiles census data for Indiana University's Business Research Center. "It just looks stupid."
The Census Bureau refers to these oddities as "anomalies," and they're usually products of a flawed question.
Phil Salopek, a Census Bureau demographer, said that likely explains the transportation stats.
"The question on the census questionnaire asks, what kind of transportation did you use to get to work last week?" he said. "So what you're likely seeing in this case is a reflection of people who were out of town that week before on business."