Automotive

Reverse-commuter lines to roll to Hendricks, Hamilton counties

March 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Green_Bingaman_WatchVideoEmployers in Hamilton County and Hendricks County may find it easier to attract workers from Marion County, with the planned launch of a “reverse commuting” bus service.
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Indiana legislators OK lifting Sunday cycle sales ban

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their bikes on Sundays under a change in state law that legislators have approved.
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State to motorists: You break it, you buy itRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Crash into a guardrail and chances are now higher that your insurer—or you—will get a repair bill from the Indiana Department of Transportation. INDOT has deployed a new way of tracking damage to state property at crash scenes and quickly collecting money from those responsible.
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Vanpool commuter service expands, gets cars off the roadRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The latest route launched by Central Indiana Commuter Services runs from Carmel to Kokomo.
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State eyes roundabouts for 31 intersectionsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation has ambitious plans to build roundabouts at 31 intersections statewide over the next five years, including a dozen in the metro area.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Purdue study profiles Hoosier driversRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Older drivers struggle on wet or icy roads; young drivers are most dangerous on dry pavement.
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New road contracts are built for speedRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A bidding method being used more often by the state is likely to reduce misery for motorists and merchants in the path of a highway project. Project completion time is now a major consideration in reviewing road-work bids that were traditionally evaluated almost entirely on cost.
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Ford sees EV potential in Indianapolis

November 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ford touts new models of electric and hybrid vehicles in seminar co-sponsored by the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, which promotes alternative fuels.
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Local rental car firm named best in nation in J.D. Power survey

November 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Ace Rent A Car expects boost in business after topping big national competitors for first time in J.D. Power and Associates survey.
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Best Buy closing warehouse sooner than expected

November 4, 2011
More than 220 employees at Best Buy's warehouse in Franklin will lose their jobs at the end of January, two months earlier than the company had anticipated closing the facility.
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Slower sales curb results at Adesa parent

November 3, 2011
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services suffered a 16-percent decline in its adjusted profit, missing analyst expectations.
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Speedway hosts meetings about potential for electric car racing seriesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The three-day conference looked at such things as design plans and technical infrastructure for electric racing vehicles, and preliminary business plans for such a series.
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Compressed natural gas for cars shows signs of catching onRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The alternative fuel may soon generate more cash for local firms because it's much cheaper than gasoline.
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I-69 rejection could affect bus service in Bloomington

October 23, 2011
Associated Press
Buses in Bloomington and on the Indiana University campus could lose funding starting in 2014 if local officials don't include Interstate 69 in their transportation infrastructure plans.
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Busy Keystone Avenue ramps to close for construction

October 5, 2011
Two ramps at Keystone Avenue and Interstate 465 on Indianapolis' northeast side will be closed for seven to 15 days as part of an $18.2 million project to reduce traffic congestion in the area.
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Indiana gives grants to convert fleets to alternative fuelsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Energy Development is dispensing grants of up to $500,000 to help private- and public-sector organizations convert their vehicles.
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Charging stations to pave way for plug-in carsRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Chris O'Malley
By the end of this year, drivers of plug-in electric cars should be able to "gas up" using 76 charging stations at 38 locations statewide.
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Car customizer Kenny Brown resurfaces in ChicagoRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Brown, who closed his local operation in 2005, has partnered with suburban-Chicago-based Heidts Automotive, which makes street rod and muscle car components.
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Allisonville bridge closure will be abbreviatedRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Transportation will close the busy span over Interstate 465 for five months instead of seven.
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Adesa to acquire online auction firm for $210M

August 16, 2011
Adesa said it plans to acquire Redwood City, Calif.-based OpenLane Inc. for $210 million in cash. OpenLane expects to sell more than 300,000 vehicles to dealers this year and generate about $100 million in revenue.
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KAR Auctions reports $14M quarterly loss

August 9, 2011
Associated Press
Carmel-based used and salvaged vehicle auctioneer KAR Auction Services, Inc. said it lost $14.3 million in the second quarter due to the early payoff of debt.
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Indiana electric car company gets new owner

July 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Think North America, a company that has been making electric cars at a northern Indiana factory, has a new owner, giving local officials more confidence in its future.
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Mike's unveils new design for new carwashes

July 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two new carwash facilities in Anderson and West Lafayette will bring the Indianapolis-based chain to 39 stores.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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  1. I am a Lyft driver who is a licensed CDL professional driver. ALL Lyft drivers take pride in providing quality service to the Indianapolis and surrounding areas, and we take the safety of our passengers and the public seriously.(passengers are required to put seat belts on when they get in our cars) We do go through background checks, driving records are checked as are the personal cars we drive, (these are OUR private cars we use) Unlike taxi cabs and their drivers Lyft (and yes Uber) provide passengers with a clean car inside and out, a friendly and courteous driver, and who is dressed appropriately and is groomed appropriately. I go so far as to offer mints, candy and/or small bottle of water to the my customers. It's a mutual respect between driver and passenger. With Best Regards

  2. to be the big fish in the little pond of IRL midwest racin' when yer up against Racin' Gardner

  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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