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Children’s Museum expands footprint

August 16, 2014
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis plans to begin tearing down a nearby apartment building this month and is starting to explore options for the site that could include an outdoor attraction.More.

Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

August 27, 2014
Approaching $100 million, the viral ice bucket fundraising campaign for the ailment better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease has put the ALS group into the top ranks for medical charity donations.More.

Global group taps local woman to lead Indy chapter

August 25, 2014
Jennifer Burns is looking for a couple of dozen twenty-somethings who, like her, share the lofty goals of the World Economic Forum, the organization that gathers heads of state and CEOs each January in the Swiss mountain town of Davos.More.

A love story with Christ Church takes contentious turn

August 23, 2014
This is far from the first time that heirs and beneficiaries of the Lilly family fortune have tangled over how it was managed.More.

NFP of NOTE: The Progeny Foundation

August 23, 2014
The Progeny Foundation provides academic and athletic development opportunities to local at-risk youth to get them through high school and into college.More.
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  1. An all-local, bus-only, mostly hub and spoke, bare-bones system is expected to "prove itself" to the entire metro area that is doesn't even serve outside of Marion County in order to establish a system that is completely different and much improved? That is an outrageous expectation and extraordinarily poor comparison from what is to what would be. In all honesty, with the small amount of change to provide a city-wide of service that IndyGo receives, they do quite a lot. Indy has a Metro area of nearly 2 million, a transit expansion and the addition of Bus Rapid Transit lines to the suburbs is long overdue. Only one line could still possibly be DMU rail (Green Line), and that comes at an extraordinarily low cost compared to the kinds of roadway expansions that we would have to do to accommodate our city's population growth both in the urban core and northern suburbs. However, that line could become BRT. Basing total transit demand solely off of the two express bus departures per day against a service that would leave every ten minutes at peak hours and every fifteen minutes off-peak is ridiculous, as well. There are a lot of cities that are similar to Indy which have made successful transit improvements that improved the overall quality of life for the residents and attracted business developments in private dollars that exceeded the costs of constructing the lines. Example: Cleveland constructed the HealthLine BRT for $200 million. As a result, $5.8 billion in private investment has occurred along the line and population growth is occurring within the corridor. Other cities include Austin, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Denver, Eugene, the list goes on. Investments in a strong, efficient transit network is an investment in the city as a whole and the surrounding community. It's important to remember that ALL forms of transportation must be subsidized, the automobile is no exception.

  2. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

  3. Said it when I lived in Indy some 5 yrs ago, and I say it now that I live in Seattle. Indy's plan is way too big in an area where mass transit has not proven itself. Mim all for rail. The city should focus on Downtown connections using streetcars. Develop an initial system connecting key places. Then Downtown should then be connected to the airport via either a DMU type train which uses diesel, or the more expensive electric light rail line. To connect the northern suburbs, create a bus only lane on 465, purchase a few double decker commuter buses, and shuttle people from northern suburbs to downtown.

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