Mass Transit

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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Task force endorses regional taxes for mass transit

February 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
After 30 years of government studies of a regional transportation system, a private-sector group on Wednesday is set to unveil its own plan that includes commuter rail and toll lanes added to congested interstate highways.
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Federal high-speed rail grants exclude big Indiana proposal

January 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed high-speed commuter rail line that would run through northern Indiana was left out of federal stimulus grants announced this week.
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Indy route not part of high-speed rail funding applicationRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
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EDITORIAL: Wise decision on federal rail funds

November 14, 2009
Local advocates of high-speed rail are understandably disappointed that the Indiana Department of Transportation has dropped the Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati corridor from its application for federal rail funds, but the logic behind doing so seems sound.
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Study recommends upgrades for public transportation in counties surrounding IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
IndyGo, for all its faults, is the Cadillac of transit systems in the Indianapolis region. Service breaks at county lines and the absence of passenger shelters are among the deficiencies facing transit systems in surrounding counties.
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Public transportation entities in Indianapolis region might be reorganizedRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, IndyGo and other Indianapolis-area transit groups are the subject of a study that could result in them being reorganized.
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Survey showed need for mass transit

September 26, 2009
Last summer, we said central Indiana was experiencing the perfect storm for mass transit. But this summer, the story was different.
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Is Indianapolis big enough for 'car sharing' concept?Restricted Content

September 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
An urban advocacy group is trying to bring a big-city concept to Indianapolis: car sharing. People for Urban Progress cites environmental benefits as well as cost savings for urban dwellers who might find it practical to ditch their seldom-used vehicles.
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Delaware County joins Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Delaware County’s representative on the CIRTA board will be Marta Moody, executive director of the Delaware-Muncie Plan Commission.
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Delaware County latest to join public-transportation group

August 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Delaware County has become the 10th county to join the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, the quasi-governmental organization announced today.
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Transit can be economic engineRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
We applaud the efforts of those who are laying the groundwork for viable mass transit in the Indianapolis area.
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Transit, sustainable development likely to be themes in rescue of near-north neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County's biggest concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
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Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.
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Mass transit crucial to region's successRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
To support quality of life initiatives and boost economic development, Indiana government and its citizens must develop quality mass transit systems.
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Private-sector group forging transit planRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
With commuter trains stuck at the proverbial station despite decades of studies, a new business-led coalition is barreling forth with its own plan to study multimodal transportation and related land use. The Central Indiana Transit Task Force also will explore how to tie the nine-county central Indiana region to key cities such as Bloomington, Columbus, Lafayette and Muncie.
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Light rail not all it's cracked up to beRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
In the Dec. 29 issue I noted an opinion column by Christopher Leinberger of the University of Michigan in support of light rail for central Indiana.
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Light rail will move Indianapolis forwardRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Christopher B. Leinberger
There is a new way of building the Indianapolis area that is struggling to be born. It is different from how you have built the place over the past 60 years but it is essential to your future.
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Study examines regional commuter rail types and their expenseRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given city planners the green light to seek an expedited study that would provide a clearer picture of what a comprehensive regional transit system could look like and how much it would cost.
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Transit isn't just an expense; it's an investmentRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Metropolitan Development Commission gave Indianapolis area transportation planners the green light Nov. 12 to do an expedited study that would show locations, cost and potential ridership for mass transit routes region-wide.
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Reader suggests IBJ journalists probe officials' assertionsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The airport authority should not assume a 3-percent growth rate because of the new airport, and the FFA Convention was not as wildly successful as reported. Mayor Peterson shouldn't be held out as a good example of a mayor who supports public transportation.
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Test run of commuter rail could be relatively cheapRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Planners and politicians spent the better part of a decade and untold millions of dollars studying a mass transit system between downtown and the suburbs. They have little to show for it except mounds of reports and an estimate of $690 million, but the boys in bib overalls at the Indiana Transportation Museum think they can get it done for much less.
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Streetcars work in Portland, but viability here uncertainRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Chris O'Malley
If the introduction of modern streetcars to one West Coast city can be replicated here, Indianapolis would see new, higher-density housing and related retail and restaurants shadowing the line. Fallow areas crossed by the tracks would become fertile for new investment. At least that was the case in Portland, Ore., a city mesmerizing to Indianapolis civic leaders, who last month formed Downtown Indianapolis Streetcar Corp. They risk being run out of town on a rail: a streetcar line will cost...
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