Mass Transit

Private funds may kick-start rail-transit planRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An innovative private financing deal struck last year to expand Denver’s rail transit system could be used to expedite construction of the first line in central Indiana.
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Indiana State Fair features rapid-transit vehicleRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Visitors to the Indiana State Fair will have a chance to peek into the possible future of the region’s transit system.
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IndyGo seeks funding tractionRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp. has budgeted expenses of $57 million for 2012, but officials expect a revenue shortfall of $6.4 million because of drops in federal, state and local funding.
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CIRTA launches campaign to support mass transit

June 14, 2011
The goal is to show state lawmakers the support that exists for local funding options that might improve mass transit. Organizers plan to deliver the signatures when the next legislative session convenes in January.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Influential Miles enjoys wide reach

June 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Miles_WatchVideoWhat's the status of the Super Bowl? Mass transit for Indy? Economic development? How is one man so connected? Mark Miles shrugs off "power broker" but fits the bill.
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EDITORIAL: Interstate network isn't enough

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Our country’s transportation future is too uncertain for Hoosiers to be almost entirely dependent on cars.
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WILLIAMS: Light rail to airport is key for downtown

January 29, 2011
Brian Williams
If Union Station was linked to an urban transportation system extending from downtown to the Hendricks County border, workers in the gargantuan warehouses west of Indianapolis would have access to a reliable transit system.
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CAMPBELL: Most of all, mass transit needs a heroRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
In the next 10 to 20 years, it will be impossible to tout our region as a world-class center of innovation and entrepreneurship without meaningfully addressing transit.
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Deal saves Carmel, Fishers commuter bus routes

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
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.
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Commuter bus might be saved

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Routes to Carmel and Fishers that were to be discontinued at the end of the year are on the verge of being rescued.
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Lost funding puts brakes on commuter buses

December 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The expiration of a federal grant will halt a popular suburban commuter bus service at year’s end, but central Indiana transit advocates say it may be just a temporary stoppage.
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High-speed rail advocates meet to consider Chicago-to-Indianapolis route

November 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana was rejected earlier this year for federal funding for its part of a Chicago-to-Cleveland route.
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Funding about to expire for IndyGo's north-suburban routes

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The luxury coach routes from downtown to Fishers and Carmel were launched three years ago and have been popular among suburban commuters.
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Time running out for suburban bus service

August 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Transportation planners are scrambling to find federal funds to help pay for the popular commuter routes from downtown Indianapolis to Fishers and Carmel.
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IndyGo airport route extended through 2011

August 17, 2010
The bus system's announcement in May that its current service and fare structure will remain intact through 2011 helped to extend the life of the route.
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Linking Indianapolis-area bus systems becoming priority for plannersRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Connecting rural bus systems with one another and with IndyGo must happen before commuter rail becomes a reality.
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Is going multimodal next for Carmel?Restricted Content

June 12, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Carmel's virtual Disney World of new, high-density attractions—from the mixed-use City Center to the Carmel Arts and Design District—were built with walking and biking access in mind. A recently completed study shows the potential to link numerous other city destinations by multiple forms of transportation.
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Cash-strapped IndyGo planning to cut routes

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Faced with a $3.2 million budget shortfall, IndyGo proposes the elimination of the Airport Express route, the Route 87 Eastside Circulator and the IndyGo Commuter Express to Carmel and Fishers.
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Plan for optional interstate tolls may hit potholesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more money than they cost to implement.
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MARCUS: Most Hoosiers don't want mass transit

February 20, 2010
Morton Marcus
Mass transit plans are doomed to be ignored because no local government, and certainly not the Indiana General Assembly, is interested in transportation.
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More mobility options mean opportunity

February 20, 2010
The Central Indiana Transit Task Force unveiled a comprehensive plan for mass transit. It’s a combination of expanded bus service and light rail that addresses the challenges of urban residents seeking job opportunities across the metro areas.
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Meetings start public discussion of regional transit plan

February 16, 2010
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
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EDITORIAL: New transit study focuses on return as well as cost

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Central Indiana is much better at churning out transportation studies than implementing a real transit system, but there’s reason to take seriously the report released Feb. 10 by the Central Indiana Transit Task Force.
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East-west rail line could boost Indianapolis' coreRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
With traffic congestion growing, the idea of sending streetcars zipping down Washington Street—from far-east-side Cumberland to Indianapolis International Airport on the west—is making a return. And the route could offer the best bang for the buck in spurring transit-oriented development.
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Mayor: Massive transit plan open for discussion

February 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Backers of the plan said the work by the Central Indiana Transit Task Force amounts to a crucial private-sector endorsement needed to finally proceed with a regional transportation system.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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