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Cash-strapped IndyGo planning to cut routes

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Cash-constrained IndyGo on Tuesday announced proposed route cutbacks in response to its $3.2 million budget shortfall.

The city’s bus service receives about 30 percent of its $53 million annual budget from property-tax distributions, which have been reduced in part by property-tax caps.

Many of the proposed route cuts are on the east side of Indianapolis, including the elimination of the Route 87 Eastside Circulator.

In addition, IndyGo proposes to eliminate the Airport Express route on the west side in September, when its federal funding contract expires.

It also proposes cutting the popular bus service to Carmel and Fishers known as IndyGo Commuter Express, or ICE, when federal grants expire at the end of this year. That move was not unexpected, as federal money covers a large portion of expenses for the service.

Route changes and frequency adjustments constitute the bulk of the proposed changes.

IndyGo also proposes a fare increase, including bumping the single-ride cost to $2 from $1.75.

Two public hearings on the proposed changes are set for this Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center.

 

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  • Public Input on IndyGo
    Nobody goes to Washington Square. How about having it at WPAC?
  • Revenue Source?
    The city should time deter use of vehicles and, at the same time, raise revenue by increasing the fees for parking meters, impose a tax on parking lots, increase parking tickets fees, speeding ticket fees, and deny building permits for construction of parking lots. Balance that with adding routes so more people can use them.
  • Pathetic
    This city's bus service is amongst the worst that I have seen. I say that we take the original "Hoosier Dome" 1 percent sales tax and allocate that toward the ailing, "minimalist" Central Indiana Transit plan. The CIB certainly doesn't know how to use it...

    Another issue is public input. Both sessions are downtown. If the East side is impacted, why not have at least one at Washington Square Mall?

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    1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

    2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

    3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

    4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

    5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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