Public Transportation

Kokomo residents embrace bus route expansion

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
The City Line Trolley bus service has seen its passenger totals increase 31 percent since it added three new lines and expanded the number of stops from 118 to 275 last summer.
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Proportion of zero-car households rolls past 10 percent

August 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis experienced one of the fastest gains in car-less households of any major city in a recent five-year period, according to U.S. Census data compiled by a University of Michigan researcher.
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Startup objects to IndyGo's no-bid deal with rival

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis software startup that hopes to win contracts from public-transit agencies across the country is protesting a no-bid deal by IndyGo.
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City unveils first car-sharing charging station

May 19, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
A French company on Monday unveiled its first electric car-charging station in Indianapolis, where drivers will be able to rent plug-in vehicles for short-term trips later this year.
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IndyGo getting closer to providing real-time bus info

May 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Starting this fall, IndyGo will have digital signs at downtown stops that show when the next bus is arriving, and passengers throughout the city will be able to check their phones or home computers for next-bus information.
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IndyGo to study transporting some IPS students

May 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo is updating its past studies on the feasibility of serving IPS high schools. A past study found that IPS spent $1,520 per student a year on transportation, while a city bus pass costs $330.
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BECKER: Indianapolis transit hub will redeem eyesoreRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Lynn Becker / Special to IBJ
Buses get no respect. Romance clings to the rails and to the grand stations that serve them. When you take a train, you may well find yourself in a replica of a Greek temple or the Baths of Caracalla.
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Transit advocates step up push to sway policymakersRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A grass-roots effort to salvage daily train service from Indianapolis to Chicago is solidifying into year-round advocacy for passenger rail in Indiana.
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Pence signs bill allowing counties to vote on transit expansion

March 26, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Officials in six central Indiana counties have the go-ahead to seek voter permission to fund a regional bus system.
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Indiana public transit usage bucking national trend

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Outside of Indianapolis, many Indiana cities aren't experiencing the same transit trend that saw more Americans using public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers in 2013.
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IndyGo unveils design of $20M downtown transit center

February 27, 2014
Scott Olson
Construction of the hub, which Mayor Greg Ballard noted Thursday in his annual State of the City address, is set to begin this fall with completion expected by the end of 2015.
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CIRTA hires industry veteran as new director

November 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority has hired a native Hoosier as executive director, replacing outgoing leader Ehren Bingaman, CIRTA announced Wednesday.
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Reverse commuter route launches on northwest sideRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
There’s a new reverse-commute bus route connecting the northwest side of Indianapolis with major employers in west Carmel.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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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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IndyGo jettisons big-name designersRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Scott Olson
An internationally known architectural team chosen to design a proposed IndyGo transit hub is no longer on the project, to no surprise of local architects who insist the transit agency botched the selection process from the start.
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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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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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House advances central Indiana transit measure

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has signed off on a measure that would let local residents vote for higher taxes to pay for a $1.3 billion expansion of the public transportation system.
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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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Shuttle to Hamilton County job sites is tweakedRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
A reverse-commute shuttle that helps Indianapolis residents get to jobs in Carmel and Fishers is being expanded.
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Top senators eye state's sales tax for road needs

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers looking to plug a hole in state transportation spending are considering diverting the state's sales tax on gasoline to transportation.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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