Public Transportation

Indianapolis-area transportation programs land federal money

January 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
IndyGo will accept new applications for funding beginning Feb. 14.
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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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Funding biggest obstacle for proposed regional transit system

November 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Scaled-back transit plan, which includes rail line from downtown to Noblesville and Franklin, is projected to cost $2.4 billion, with local taxpayers picking up about half the amount. Funding would need to be approved through county referendums, however.
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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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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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Four downtown hotels to be added to IndyGo's Green Line route

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The expanded service shuttling air travelers and airport workers to and from Indianapolis International Airport began Feb. 3, to the newly opened Fairfield Inn & Suites at West and Washington streets.
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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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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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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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IndyGo ends commuter bus route from Greenwood

September 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Due to low ridership, the IndyGo Commuter Express route from Greenwood to downtown Indianapolis will end Dec. 1.
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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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East-side shuttle service makes debut

August 4, 2009
A new public shuttle service got rolling this morning on the near-east side of Indianapolis.Known as the Near Eastside Orbiter, the 24-passenger shuttle is provided by the John H. Boner Community Center at 2236 E. 10th St. and completes a 15-mile circular route in about an hour.
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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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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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Leaders analyze Denver's commuter transitRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Chris O'Malley
 Sixty Indianapolis-area business and civic leaders visited Denver Oct. 19-21 as part of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce 2008 Leadership Exchange and paid close attention to public transportation, especially commuter trains.
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