Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Partisan battle freezes proposal to repave ravaged city streets

April 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Democrat-controlled City-County Council committee has tabled a proposal to spend $8 million in Rebuild Indy funds to repair thoroughfares hit hard by the brutal winter. Democrats say the project would favor Republican districts.
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Groups hope to revive Indiana Commerce Connector

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A group of central Indiana manufacturers and warehousing companies hopes to revive a proposal for a highway that would connect the region's major interstates and communities.
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U.S. Steel idles Gary mill due to lack of ore

April 5, 2014
Associated Press
The company temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.
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Republic Airways pilots reject contract offer

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Pilots for Indianapolis-based Republic Airways overwhelmingly rejected a proposed 4-year contract that the company said would have put them at or near the top of wages for pilots at regional airlines.
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Bikeshare program to launch downtown on Cultural Trail

April 4, 2014
Mason King
The program has been dubbed Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, due to a gift from the team's owner. Users will be able to rent bikes from 25 locations along the Cultural Trail.
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Harsh winter costs Indiana highway agency $57M

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation used 437,000 tons of salt and more than 5 million gallons of salt brine, and its trucks logged nearly 8.8 million miles.
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New highways funds aimed at I-65, job creation

April 3, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
The construction planned with the money, as well as an additional $200 million that's being held pending review, could create as many as 9,800 jobs in the state, INDOT estimates.
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INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak Chicago route

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
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Drivers brace for U.S. 31 closure near Indianapolis

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Residents and businesses in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis are preparing for the start of an eight-month closure of U.S. 31 as part of the project upgrading it to interstate standards.
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Casey's to build Indiana distribution center

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Casey’s General Stores Inc. said it plans to build a $30 million logistics center in Indiana that will have as many as 185 employees by 2019.
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State to widen Interstate 65 south of Southport

March 31, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Greenwood-area commuters should have more breathing room on Interstate 65 after a highway-widening project planned by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
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Public-private plan for I-69 work proves divisive

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
A plan to finance the cost of a section of the new Interstate 69 connection between Indianapolis and Evansville is drawing both praise and ire.
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New parking meters bring in $1M for Bloomington

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
The meters were approved a year ago amid protests from business owners who feared their long hours would deter customers and hurt their revenue.
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GE engine plant's future riding on new technologyRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Nothing less than the future profitability of commercial airlines rides on the jet engine that GE Aviation will assemble in Lafayette.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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Tighter Indiana scooter rules signed into law

March 28, 2014
Associated Press
The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have valid state ID and pass a road sign test. The new rules take effect in January.
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Pence signs Indiana preschool, road-money bills

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Thursday touting two of his top priorities—new money for preschools and roads—at ceremonial bill signings across the state.
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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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Comlux America names new chief executive

March 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Comlux America, which operates an aircraft completion and maintenance center near Indianapolis International Airport, promoted Jim Soleo to CEO, the company announced Wednesday.
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GE Aviation poised to announce major Indiana plant

March 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence and GE Aviation CEO David Joyce will be on hand Wednesday morning for the announcement at the Purdue University Airport.
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Southwest adding nonstop from Indy to Washington

March 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Southwest Airlines Co. is adding more flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this year, including non-stop service to and from Indianapolis that begins Nov. 2, the airline said Monday.
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Study will seek answers to transportation funding issue

March 21, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Department of Transportation will launch an expansive study seeking new ways to finance road construction and maintenance, according to a bill passed by the Indiana legislature awaiting the governor's signature.
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City reports more revenue from parking meter operations

March 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis received more than $3 million in revenue from parking meters in 2013, its highest total yet since turning over meter operations to ParkIndy in late 2010.
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Foreign trade zone status easier to come byRestricted Content

March 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Shielding items from customs duties has become cheaper, quicker.
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Illiana Expressway eligible for low-interest loan

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs is eligible for a low-interest federal loan for up to one-third of the cost of the $1.5 billion project.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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