Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Indy pitches in to continue Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
Communities on Amtrak's Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago will help continue the service for at least a year.
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Amtrak, state reach deal to keep Chicago route running

October 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
The $2.7 million agreement will keep the Hoosier State passenger rail service between Indy and Chicago operating for one year.
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City officials aim to build on momentum for cyclingRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has become a more bike-friendly city, and city planners are looking to ensure the progress continues. The Metropolitan Development Commission will vote Oct. 16 on a bicycle master plan that lays out a host of educational and policy initiatives to encourage two-wheeled transportation.
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Could airport gambling idea take off?Restricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two gambling-industry lawyers see untapped potential in Indianapolis International Airport, which they argue is the ideal place to roll out wireless gambling technology and rake in revenue to support more nonstop flights, like the one United Airlines will launch in January to San Francisco.
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Pence appoints panel to develop transportation plan

October 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday he will turn planning for the state’s “next generation” of transportation infrastructure over to a panel that will be co-chaired by the lieutenant governor and an industry official.
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Proposed Illiana Expressway loses key vote

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
The head of northeastern Illinois' planning agency called Wednesday for an end to Gov. Pat Quinn's push for the Illiana Expressway, saying the proposed $1.3 billion tollway south of Chicago into Indiana is "a highway in nowhere land."
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End of major state highway project could mark start of growth

October 7, 2013
Associated Press
The almost-completed $383 million State Road 25 Hoosier Heartland Highway Corridor project is expected to create economic development opportunities from West Lafayette to Fort Wayne.
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Car dealers curtail advertising boastsRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Efforts by trade groups such as the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana—and, more formidably, a recent crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission—have discouraged the use of potentially misleading ads.
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Celadon using free training to fight driver shortageRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The trucking firm launched its in-house truck-driving school a year ago to boost the supply of drivers and, executives hope, cut down on turnover, which is 98 percent per year at the company, mirroring the industry average.
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KAR Auction Services riding the wave of auto recoveryRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Greg Andrews
Early investors in KAR Auction Services are looking savvy. Since November 2012, KAR shares have marched steadily higher, rising from $12.25 to nearly $29.
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Mass-transit plan draws critics in state hearing

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
Three tea party members testified Thursday against the $1.3 billion proposal that lawmakers delayed last session and sent to a study committee for review.
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Railroad upgrade planned for southern Indiana line

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The owner of a rail line through that runs from Indianapolis to Jeffersonville is planning a $90 million project to replace an aging bridge and make improvements over more than 100 miles of track.
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Indiana, Amtrak continue Hoosier State line talks

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana and Amtrak are making progress hammering out a short-term agreement to keep a passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago running until a comprehensive funding deal is reached.
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Republic Airways selling Frontier in $145M deal

October 1, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Indigo Partners LLC, led by veteran airline executive William Franke, has agreed to buy Frontier Airlines from Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. for $36 million in cash. The total value of the transaction is $145 million including debt.
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Monroe County looks to limit I-69 truck stops

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
Officials in southern Indiana's Monroe County are proposing tough rules for any truck stops that might be built with the opening of the Interstate 69 extension.
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RV exec seeking new start in IndyRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
A member of one of the recreational vehicle industry’s elite families hopes to get a fresh start in Indianapolis by launching a manufacturer of super-high-end RVs.
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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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Transportation, warehousing catch tailwindRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana’s transportation and warehousing industry employs more people now than before the recession, and observers think its growth will continue to outpace the nation’s.
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PROXY CORNER: KAR Auction Services Inc.Restricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
KAR Auction Services Inc., 13085 Hamilton Crossing Blvd., Carmel 46032, is the holding company for ADESA Inc., which operates used-vehicle auctions at 67 locations; Insurance Auto Auctions Inc., which operates salvage auctions at 163 locations; and Automotive Finance Corp., which provides floorplan financing at 104 locations.
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Aircraft paint shop at Grissom a boon for economy

September 27, 2013
Associated Press
The 150-employee facility is a godsend for Miami County, which lost a larger percentage of its residents between 1990 and 2000 than any other Indiana county.
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Amtrak upgrades would boost ridership, cost millions

September 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Improvements to Amtrak’s Hoosier State service between Indianapolis and Chicago would boost ridership and revenue, but there’s no scenario under which the line would pay for itself, a study says.
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Indiana to negotiate with Amtrak over Hoosier State line

September 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
State transportation officials are talking with Amtrak about continuing the Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago, which requires a state subsidy. The service, which was set to expire on Oct. 16, will continue while negotiations are ongoing.
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Pilots heap praise on state lawmakersRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana aviators are still celebrating two tax breaks created in the 2013 legislative session, one eliminating a sales tax on parts and repairs and a restructuring of the fuel tax that translates to hundreds in savings per fill-up.
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Anderson leaders work to make most of gateways

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Anderson business and civic leaders is focusing on ways to change perceptions of those traveling into the city by improving interstate entrances.
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Work set to begin on Carmel segment of new U.S. 31

September 19, 2013
Associated Press
A $141 million contract includes interchange improvements at Interstate 465 and new roundabout interchanges at 106th, 116th, 131st and 136th streets.
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