Mass Transit

Public-transit guru Bingaman motors for private sector

July 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Ehren Bingaman, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, will join architecture and engineering firm HNTB Indiana. He was one of the principal supporters of the mass-transit plan that stalled in the Statehouse this year.
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Mass transit opponent pitches wider roadsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A leading opponent of the plan for regional mass transit is floating an alternative that calls for widening north-south commuter corridors like Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Capitol Avenue and College Avenue.
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Mass transit backers show off new bus technologyRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
National conference gives local elected officials a chance to see the technology they continue to reject.
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Advocates for mass transit may need to ante upRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis area’s largest employers have spent millions of dollars studying and promoting regional mass transit, but if the idea is going to get past the Legislature, they might have to put money into the $1.3 billion system as well.
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Mayor Ballard accepts fate of mass-transit billRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sat out an April 2 hearing on mass transit because he knew the issue would be shifted to the Legislature’s back burner.
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Mass-transit bill hits detour in Senate committee

April 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Members of the state's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee voted 12-0 on Tuesday morning to stall legislation that would give central Indiana voters the ability to choose if they want to pay higher taxes for expanded mass transit.
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Mass-transit bill leaps one hurdle, heads for another

March 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A Senate committee Wednesday passed a measure that would give area residents a chance to vote on whether to pay higher taxes to expand the mass-transit system. Lawmakers sent the bill to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
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Kenley drops out as sponsor of mass-transit bill

March 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Already skeptical of a mass-transit plan for the Indianapolis metro area, influential Sen. Luke Kenley said he decided it was inappropriate to be listed as a sponsor without giving the bill his unqualified support.
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Mass transit campaign floods market with $1 millionRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The campaign to expand public transit in the region has generated a busload of money for some media and marketing outlets, thanks to $1 million in federal grants to advertise the benefits of mass transit.
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Transit bill to face tough road in SenateRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A bill to create a rapid-transit system in central Indiana is headed for the crucible of the Senate, where skeptics stand ready to tear apart the proposal’s $1.3 billion financing plan.
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Mass-transit bill amended, ready for House vote

February 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A bill to let voters authorize higher taxes in central Indiana to pay for an expanded mass-transit system is ready for a full vote in the House after an amendment restricted who would be affected by it.
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Mass-transit measure passes key House hurdle

February 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The House Ways and Means Committee cleared the bill, which would allow voters to decide whether to add 0.3 percent to local income tax rates to pay for a proposed central Indiana mass-transit system.
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House panel backs mass-transit funding referendum

January 30, 2013
A legislative committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would let local voters decide whether to fund a $1.3 billion mass transit system in the Indianapolis area.
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Mass transit group kicking off promotional campaign

January 10, 2013
Indy Connect, the local initiative supporting a $1.3 billion expansion of the transit system, plans to begin an advertising campaign for the proposal on Friday.
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Mayors organize to tackle regional issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The leaders of 18 central Indiana cities and towns have formed a group that intends to address regional concerns, starting with a proposed $1.3 billion, 10-year mass transit plan.
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EDITORIAL: Transit question is 'how,' not 'if'Restricted Content

November 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Mass transit advocates held a rally here to kick off Indy Connect Now, their latest attempt to convince state legislators that voters in Marion and Hamilton counties should be allowed to decide whether to fund creation of a $1.3 billion bus and light rail system in central Indiana.
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Design stars land contract for transit hubRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Cory Schouten
Architect Daniel Libeskind is part of an international team chosen to design a proposed IndyGo transit hub.
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Transit supporters set to kick off new campaign

November 14, 2012
The campaign, Indy Connect Now, will urge state legislators to allow voters to decide whether to fund an expanded mass-transit system in the area.
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Mass-transit advocates make headway in new Legislature

November 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $1.3 billion transit plan for Hamilton and Marion counties is one of a few lingering issues — along with Sunday alcohol sales and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — likely to appear before lawmakers in 2013.
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City decides on half block for transit hubRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Mayor’s Office and local mass transit leaders have reached consensus on a site for a $30 million downtown transit center. The preferred location is a city-owned surface parking lot along Washington Street between the City-County Building and Marion County Jail.
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Mass transit backers regroup for next yearRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Despite years of intensive public and politician outreach, a transit bill died in the House Ways and Means Committee in late January by an 11-10 vote. Supporters plan education push, one-on-one meetings.
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Central Indiana mass-transit bill dies in committee

January 26, 2012
 The Statehouse File
A bill that could have led to a new mass-transit system in Indianapolis and surrounding counties failed in committee Thursday morning.
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Mass transit plan faces likely defeat, bill sponsor says

January 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
Chairman Jeff Espich said the central Indiana mass-transit plan faces almost certain defeat in the House Ways and Means Committee, and he is still mulling whether or not to bring it to a vote.
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Transit plan may boost real estate investmentRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A proposed $1.3 billion transit system might bring redevelopment to urban neighborhoods. Yet transit proponents have surprisingly little to say about how much the system could generate in new real estate investment.
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EDITORIAL: It's time to jump on the transit trainRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The leading regions of the 21st century won’t be those that just keep adding roads to accommodate the glut of gas-chugging vehicles.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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