Transportation

Airport tussle continuesRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
The Indianapolis Airport Authority has fired back against a Hebron, Ky.-based contractor that alleged in a lawsuit last December that the airport operator failed to pay in full on a $14.7 million contract to build aircraft parking spaces.
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Redevelopment plans threaten Gasoline AlleyRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Business owners along the fabled Gasoline Alley north of Rockville Road think a proposal to close a north-south road linking them to the front door of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have devastating effects.
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Airport hotel in limboRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The recession, coupled with personnel shifts, have grounded the more than $50-million hotel project adjacent to the new terminal.
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Volatile prices take a toll on gas station ownersRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
Last year's record-high fuel prices played a big role in a rash of shuttered gas stations in Indianapolis. The number of gas stations nationwide has slipped from about 200,000 in the 1990s to fewer than 160,000 today. In Indiana, the count has dropped from 3,500 to about 3,000.
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Private-sector group forging transit planRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
With commuter trains stuck at the proverbial station despite decades of studies, a new business-led coalition is barreling forth with its own plan to study multimodal transportation and related land use. The Central Indiana Transit Task Force also will explore how to tie the nine-county central Indiana region to key cities such as Bloomington, Columbus, Lafayette and Muncie.
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Airport board adds membersRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
The Indianapolis Airport Authority has tapped three prominent leaders to fill expiring terms of three board members.
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Light rail not all it's cracked up to beRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
In the Dec. 29 issue I noted an opinion column by Christopher Leinberger of the University of Michigan in support of light rail for central Indiana.
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Fund to fuel ethanol use out of gasRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A state fund supporting an 18-cent-a-gallon tax credit for gas stations selling E85 ethanol was exhausted in the first three months of the state's new fiscal year.
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Stadium, airport terminal openRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium opened in August, just in time for the Indianapolis Colts' season. Indianapolis International Airport's $1.1 billion midfield terminal, meanwhile, took off in November.
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Light rail will move Indianapolis forwardRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Christopher B. Leinberger
There is a new way of building the Indianapolis area that is struggling to be born. It is different from how you have built the place over the past 60 years but it is essential to your future.
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Twice-bankrupt ATA finally foldsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Any hopes that hometown airline ATA would make a comeback and eventually resume scheduled service from Indianapolis were dashed April 2, when it filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.
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Planning for U.S. 31 rebuilding continuesRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
State and federal highway agencies have approved the final environmental impact statement for the 13-mile rebuilding of U.S. 31 from Interstate 465 to 216th Street.
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Indian truck maker Mahindra making inroads at local dealersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Ford dealers John Pearson and Ray Skillman will be among the 300 domestic dealers of Mahindra trucks and SUVs when the company makes its U.S. passenger car debut as early as next summer.
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City of Lawrence, billboard firms tangle with Marion County plannersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
What started as a dispute over a pair of digital billboards in Lawrence has evolved into a battle with broad implications for Marion County.
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Indy's northeast corridor train will reduce traffic, relieve air pollution, limit urban sprawlRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Drew White
On Sept. 26, the Indiana Regional Transportation Council voted to move to the next phase in the development of a mass transit line connecting downtown Indianapolis to Hamilton County, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
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Cincinnati construction company sues Indy airport for failure to payRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
A suburban Cincinnati construction company known for airport and interstate projects alleges the Indianapolis Airport Authority has failed to pay on a $14.7 million contract to build aircraft parking spaces.
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Hamilton County businesses expandRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Despite the recession, Hamilton County continues to enjoy economic growth from both old companies and new ones.
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Worst auto market in 30 years might force consolidationRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chris O'Malley
New car dealers, usually among the most resilient of all small businesses in weathering economic downturns, are hanging on for dear life this time around, portending a shakeout among Indiana's 520 dealers.
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Indiana should brace for auto falloutRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Big Three and the United Auto Workers do not appear to be serious about making the concessions and changes that are necessary to make them a viable entity for the long haul.
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Southwest swoops in to benefit from ATA Airlines' bankruptcyRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Southwest is striking a deal to acquire ATA's valuable landing slots at LaGuardia and most of the dying airlines' remaining assets for $7.5 million.
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New IRL ethanol deal with Brazil angers U.S. corn growersRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League suddenly finds itself at odds with Midwestern farmers over a decision to make a Brazilian consortium its ethanol supplier starting next year.
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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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Automotive Finance Corp. writes off $162 million, reflecting slow auto salesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Slowing auto sales have forced Carmel-based Automotive Finance Corp., which lends money to car dealers to buy used vehicles at auction, to take a big write-off on the declining value of its loan portfolio.
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Auto industry requires unparalleled effortRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Morton Marcus
While America's auto industry is being transformed to become efficient and environmentally conscious, put laid off auto employees to work educating students.
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  1. How is the private developer going to repay the bonds. Is this going to be a toll road?

  2. As well as a Portillio'S!!!!!!

  3. A Lou Malnati's would be awesome!!!!!!!!

  4. We aren't broke. We just aren't willing to raise revenues for this that we should be raising them.

  5. OK. now that the state is taking illegal immigrants, willing or not. There is a major concern that needs to be addressed. First: School starts here in 3 weeks in most parts of the country and probably in Indiana. So is the state going to vaccinate these kids before they intermingle with our kids in school? The problem we are going to have here in the US and possibly in Indiana is that some of these kids could be carrying health issues or diseases that are pretty much eradicated in the US. This could cause a major health issue in the US. Second: Who is going to pay for this building disaster? We are flat out broke….. Down here in Texas, we have 14 counties that have been so swamped with kids, (numerous thousands of them), they are on the verge of financial collapse. Now this is happening in counties in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The system is massively overloaded. Swine flu has started back up in San Antonio since they have nearly 2500 kids that have been placed there and lice is rampant. Not to be insensitive, but we need to stop this madness. I find it amazing that we cannot take care of our veterans and yet give carte blanche to illegals entering the country. Recently an article mentioned that these kids and teenagers can get on planes without TSA screening? What? What the Hell???? Keep in mind this about protecting our national sovereignty as a nation and also living under the rule of law. Not only the terrorist threat that can come over the border. This is a deliberate and irresponsible and illegal act from administration ignoring the constitutional duty of protecting the borders and also upholding the supreme law of the land. This is a classic Cloward and Piven strategy to overload the system until it collapses.

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