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Deal saves Carmel, Fishers commuter bus routes

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The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority and Miller Trailways have worked out a deal that will continue the commuter bus service linking Carmel and Fishers with downtown Indianapolis.

The service, funded for the last three years by a federal grant that expires on Dec. 31, 2010, was set to end on that date unless new arrangements could be made.

Under the new plan announced Dec. 17, Miller Trailways will continue to operate the service in exchange for revenue generated by the routes and advertising. In addition, the city of Carmel will contribute $25,000 for the Carmel park-and-ride site, and Kite Realty Group Trust will provide an in-kind contribution of parking at a new Fishers park-and-ride site.

Both Carmel and Fishers will have three routes, and the cost will be $5 per ride, $2 more than the existing fare. And the Fishers park-and-ride location will move to Fishers Station on the northeast corner of Allisonville Road and 116th Street.


 

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  • Response to Jon
    Jon, you are not considering the wear and tear on your automobile, there is more than just gas that you are spending each weak to commute. Not to mention the ability to read a newspaper, catch up on emails, surf the net which saves valuable time while you are at work. Also, lets think about the carbon footprint. My 2 cents.
  • We'll see...
    Somehow, I doubt that we'll be getting rich off this run. Remember, the drivers only get 25% of what the run is supposed to be earning Miller.
  • Mixed Blessing
    As comforting as it is to see that these express routes are salvaged, the price does seem non-competitive and I suspect many people will make the same decision as Jon, unless there's some sort of pass or subscription service. But up to this point, the express bus system has not been stable enough to allow for it.
  • No more for me
    I've been a faithful rider for the last year, so I was hoping for an extension of this service, but the price hike is not worth it for me...$50 a week is more than I would pay in gas costs driving downtown. Also, the move in location for Fishers seems strange. Eastern Star was more of a central location. Won't work for me, but hopefully it will work for others.

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