Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Food giant ConAgra plans huge center north of Indianapolis

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods Inc. is expanding logistics operations in central Indiana by moving a distribution center in Lebanon to a new and bigger facility it plans to build in nearby Frankfort. The move is expected to create 76 jobs.
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INDOT closing U.S. 31 in Carmel for better part of 2014

February 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
INDOT plans to close a chunk of U.S. 31 in Carmel on or after April 4 through Thanksgiving. The closure was originally planned for 2015, but prep work was completed ahead of schedule.
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Transit bill advances at Statehouse after losing amendments

February 25, 2014
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday morning to move a mass-transit bill to the full House, where it’s sure to see further debate.
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House committee mulls corporate contribution to mass transit

February 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote Monday on a mass-transit bill and is considering an amendment that would require 10 percent of revenue to come from non-traditional sources.
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New BMV class-action suit alleges drivers overcharged

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit could secure refunds for overcharges on vehicle registrations and other services if their suit succeeds. The suit follows on the heels of a similar legal battle fought last year.
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Potholes devouring municipal budgets locally, across U.S.

February 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
About three-fourths of U.S. states and many cities, including Indianapolis, have outspent their maintenance budgets dealing with the extreme weather.
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Indy airport signs new eateries, considers nixing e-cigarettes

February 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis International Airport officials agreed Friday to unload Giorgio's and two Cold Stone Creamerys in favor of three new food vendors. They also considered several tough tweaks to the facility's smoking ban.
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Panel gives Pence half of his $400M road-funding request

February 20, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The reduction, led by Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, was a partial blow to one of the governor's key legislative goals.
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Indy airport garage canopy collapses under snow

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Airport officials plan to remove the canopy completely before discussing a more permanent solution with contractors.
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Indiana RV museum on road to recovery

February 16, 2014
Associated Press
The 71-year-old president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart says the museum's debt has been reduced from $5.5 million to about $2.5 million.
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Republic on board with 4-year contract for pilots

February 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Friday announced that it has reached a tentative agreement on a contract with the union that represents more than 2,200 of it pilots.
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Airlines scrap record number of flights in nasty winter

February 14, 2014
Associated Press
The relentless snow and ice storms this winter have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
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I-65 interchange in Greenwood delayed for year

February 14, 2014
Associated Press
The state highway department says it hasn't been able to reach land purchase agreements with five property owners for the project.
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House panel takes corporate tax increase out of mass transit bill

February 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
If the House approves the bill as amended, it will set up a debate between the Republican-controlled chambers about who pays for expanded transit.
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Pilot shortage hitting Republic's bottom line

February 11, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings plans to stop flying 27 of its 41 Embraer 50-seat jets because of the pilot shortage. That decision will lower income as much as $22 million this year.
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Plans in works to add lanes to I-69 in central Indiana

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation's proposal would add a third travel lane to both northbound and southbound I-69 in a 14-mile stretch between Fishers and Pendleton.
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With supplies low, it's overtime in road salt mines

February 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The national supply of road salt is running low. New York has declared a state of emergency, while Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and other states have disclosed their difficulties in covering streets and sidewalks amid a long-running cold snap.
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Pence pitches pothole plan to combat winter's fury

February 6, 2014
Deron Molen, The Statehouse File
Citing a need to keep Indiana’s infrastructure and economy intact, Pence unveiled his proposal Thursday to combat the crumbling roads.
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Legislators advancing tighter Indiana scooter rules

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, said he expects to take up the bill the House approved this week that would require scooters to have license plates and their drivers pass a road-sign test.
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Bill to free $400M for highways passed by House

February 3, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1002 transfers the balance of the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund to the state highway fund before July 1, 2015. The legislation received support from both parties and passed 91-2.
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Airports find savings with Indy de-icing firmRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Staff Report
E Solutions Inc. makes systems that allow de-icing crews to adjust their mix of water and the chemical glycol, which costs $9 to $14 per gallon.
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Locals to get $25M from highway bill, under House changes

January 31, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Indiana communities could get a sliver of the $400 million proposed for state highway projects, under an amendment from the Indiana House on Thursday.
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Mass-transit bill clears Senate committee, with changes

January 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mass-transit bill for metro Indianapolis cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday morning, but left open many questions about how such a system would be funded. An amendment to the bill nixed the use of light rail.
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Investors seek payoff from Indiana oil wells that big players ignore

January 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Indiana is experiencing a mini oil-boom, thanks to some big producers, but some small, private investors are also in on the game, through Indianapolis-based Midwest Energy Partners, formed four years ago by former CountryMark executive Bill Herrick.
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Airport looking to solve runoff problem from de-icingRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis International Airport officials are looking for a way to cut their sewage-treatment bill, which topped $1 million last year because of the large volume of de-icing chemical that ends up in retention ponds.
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