Mass Transit

Mayors back transit tax hike in Marion, Hamilton counties

December 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard say more local transit options are needed despite the steep cost. A ballot referendum would be required so voters could consider a 0.3-percent income-tax increase to pay for a $1.3 billion project.
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Passengers likely would shoulder chunk of transit system costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Federal transit data suggests passenger fares would generate about one-fourth of the money needed to operate a suburban rail and expanded bus system proposed for the region.
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Civic leaders urge Ballard to tackle woes facing urban coreRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Community leaders are coalescing around a three-prong strategy to attract residents and capital to neighborhoods from just outside downtown to the borders of Interstate 465. It’s not yet clear whether all the initiatives will have the full support of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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