Public Transportation

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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IndyGo to sweeten the deal for driver recruitingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Bus system taking page from trucking firms to find people to staff new routes.
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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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Bush Stadium seats to live on at bus stops

November 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis not-for-profit that recycled the fabric roof of the former RCA Dome into totes, wallets and other items has found a new use for the seats once used at Bush Stadium.
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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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Feds to fund bus between Indianapolis, Plainfield businessesRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
The three-year service will take riders to Amazon, BrightPoint, Ryder and other big west-side employers.
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Council approves 'Complete Streets' proposal

August 15, 2012
An ordinance that would require new and rebuilt streets in Indianapolis to be designed and constructed with multiple users in mind has been passed by the City-County Council.
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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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Commuter matchmaker changes name, broadens serviceRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Central Indiana Commuter Services becomes Commuter Connect, expects to work more closely with employers.
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Trial bus route connects central Indiana cities

April 10, 2012
Associated Press
Miller Trailways and the City of Anderson Transit System have a 30-day trial contract that allows Miller buses to use the downtown CATS terminal as a stop along its routes between Muncie and Indianapolis. The buses also stop in Pendleton and Fortville.
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Rising gas prices prompt creation of ninth area vanpool routeRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Central Indiana Commuter Services started offering service this month between Franklin and the Defense Finance & Accounting Services facility in Indianapolis.
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Commuter lines expand with Carmel, Fishers shuttles

March 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority has announced fares for a new reverse-commute shuttle-bus service from park-and-ride lots in Carmel and Fishers. The service begins Monday.
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IndyGo ridership climbs to 20-year highRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
The underfunded system accommodated 27 percent more passengers in January and February than in the same months last year.
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Reverse-commuter lines to roll to Hendricks, Hamilton counties

March 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Green_Bingaman_WatchVideoEmployers in Hamilton County and Hendricks County may find it easier to attract workers from Marion County, with the planned launch of a “reverse commuting” bus service.
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IndyGo ridership way up during Super Bowl festivities

February 8, 2012
Passenger traffic on IndyGo buses rose nearly 40 percent during a 10-day span leading up to game, thanks to free rides on fixed routes during four of the days.
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Naming-rights deal to benefit city's snow-removal efforts

January 24, 2012
The agreement calls for longtime salt supplier Cargill Inc. to give Indianapolis 125 tons of salt and five pickup trucks equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders.
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Megabus adds Indianapolis service to NashvilleRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Music City route begins March 14. Previously available routes travel to Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.
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Seats from Bush Stadium to live on at bus stopsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local group has partnered with IndyGo to pay homage to one of the city’s great sports landmarks by installing Bush Stadium's seats at bus stops all over the city.
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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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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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I-69 rejection could affect bus service in Bloomington

October 23, 2011
Associated Press
Buses in Bloomington and on the Indiana University campus could lose funding starting in 2014 if local officials don't include Interstate 69 in their transportation infrastructure plans.
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Backers seek support for 2-mile streetcar line downtownRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Downtown Indianapolis Streetcar Corp. said a circulator route between downtown and the Indianapolis Zoo in White River State Park might cost $20 million to $25 million to build and equip.
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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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Is INDOT bypassing public on planning?Restricted Content

May 21, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Groups that perennially press the Indiana Department of Transportation to broaden its vision of mobility beyond highways now accuse the agency of “significant ineptitude or willful disregard” in eliciting public input.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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