The Urbanophile has an interesting post discussing a study that seems to show a correlation between the size of a city and chances that measures involving that city in particular will pass. There is an inverse relationship. In other words, the bigger the city, the more likely bills involving that city will be defeated in the state legislature. The explanation seems to involve the greater size leading to greater division among representatives from that area. So, in the case of Indianapolis:
This study explains very well, for example, the travails of the proposed IndyConnect transit plan for Indianapolis in the Indiana General Assembly. It has not been rural legislators who have led the opposition, but local ones. These include people like Sen. Brent Waltz, who represents the south side of Indianapolis and would rather widen north side neighborhood streets than implement transit, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Luke Kenley, who is from the north suburbs, representing the area where local officials have most promoted a rail line. They are both Republicans, but prior to his retirement, Democrat Bill Crawford, a long time African American political leader, had voiced skepticism as well. If local legislators won’t vote for the bill, why should anyone else?