Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

State may pay up to $110M in upfront Illiana Expressway costs

November 30, 2013
Associated Press
The 12-mile Indiana portion of the 47-mile highway, which would link northern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs, has an estimated $300 million cost.
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Northern Indiana benefitting from resurgence of RVs

November 29, 2013
Associated Press
An industry report shows that RV shipments to retailers last month were up 29 percent from September and nearly 17 percent more than during October 2012.
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Private toll road investors shift financial risk to taxpayers

November 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
Companies that build private toll roads are pressing states, including Indiana, to assume more financial risk of traffic not meeting expectations, a change that benefits the operators while threatening to increase taxpayer costs.
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Wheaton Van Lines acquires high-end Boston mover

November 25, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based Wheaton is making a strong move into the high-end corporate relocation business with its purchase of Boston-based firm Clark & Reid Co. Inc.
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Fares up, flights down at Indianapolis airport

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis International Airport has lost a third of its passenger flights since early 2005 while inflation-adjusted airfares here have risen 23 percent.
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Feds consider permitting cellphone calls on planes

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.
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Legislative panel passes mass-transit funding plan

November 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The proposal, which would allow counties to impose taxes on corporations and residents to pay for expanded transit, will be fleshed out before the 2014 legislative session, then introduced as a bill.
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New U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo opening Tuesday

November 21, 2013
Associated Press
The bypass will allow drivers to avoid 15 traffic signals on the highway's current route through the city.
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Loss of Camry production in state not certain, exec says

November 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp.’s top North American executive said the carmaker hasn’t decided to end a production deal that supplies it with 100,000 Camry sedans annually from Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s U.S. Subaru plant in Lafayette.
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Airport terminal's striking architecture attracts film crews

November 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The airport has hosted in the last few years about a dozen shoots, for everything from magazine covers to television commercials to pilots for short films.
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Ex-employer accused new CIRTA chief of stealing trade secrets

November 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jeffrey D. Jackson, a 25-year transportation veteran named Thursday to head the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, was sued by Durango, Colo.-based American Heritage Railways in May.
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CIRTA hires industry veteran as new director

November 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority has hired a native Hoosier as executive director, replacing outgoing leader Ehren Bingaman, CIRTA announced Wednesday.
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Nation's green-power push has secret, dirty costs

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
The consequences from the ethanol era are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its economic benefits to the farming industry.
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New U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo nears opening

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
The opening of the new 13-mile stretch around Kokomo's east side will be a key step in the state's project to upgrade the most-congested sections of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend.
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Indiana town balks at funding Amtrak line to Chicago

November 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Lake County town of Dyer is the sole holdout in the plan to keep the Hoosier State passenger line operating for at least one year in response to a cutoff of federal funding.
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Republic, Indigo to proceed with Frontier deal

November 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Wednesday said it was going forward with the $145 million sale of Frontier Airlines. It also announced a third-quarter loss of $13.8 million.
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Frontier Airlines to expand despite delay in sale

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday that it is expanding operations at the New Castle Airport in Delaware with flights to Detroit and Atlanta.
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Republic Airways extends time to close $145M Frontier sale

November 5, 2013
Associated Press
Buyer Indigo Partners says it first needs agreements with the union for Frontier flight attendants, and with credit card issuer Barclays.
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Indigo 'hopeful' for Frontier sale despite snag

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Phoenix-based Indigo Partners has until Monday to tell Frontier parent Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings whether it wants to terminate the $145 million deal.
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Greenwood airport adding hangars for plane storage

October 30, 2013
Associated Press
The $500,000 project at the Greenwood Municipal Airport will give it space for up to 10 planes inside the enclosed hangars.
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Celadon sees lower profit, but more business

October 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Revenue rose 14 percent in the latest quarter, but operating expenses were up significantly due to acquisitions, dragging down earnings.
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Transportation planning agency OKs Illiana tollway

October 17, 2013
Associated Press
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence have pushed hard for the 47-mile link, promising it would help speed goods by truck, reduce congestion and create thousands of jobs.
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Transportation planning agency set to vote on Illiana tollway

October 17, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposed $1.3 billion expressway being pushed by the governors of Illinois and Indiana could be determined Thursday.
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Indiana to seek better future deal on Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to re-examine a deal that will keep the Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year.
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Gary contract ends for ex-Indianapolis airport CEO

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
The contract John Clark had for business development work and to oversee the Gary airport's $166 million expansion project expired last week.
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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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