Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Indianapolis International Airport named best in North America

March 12, 2013
It's the second time in three years the airport has been honored as the best in North America based on customer satisfaction.
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Allison adds hybrid systems for broader array of trucks and busesRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Production of propulsion system for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will begin later this year.
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Cops to valets: Park cars, not trafficRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis police are keeping an eye on downtown valets, whose habit of blocking traffic lanes has prompted complaints. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued a stern reminder to all valet operators on Jan. 31, the week after the opening of The Alexander Hotel in CityWay at Delaware and South streets.
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Census: Hamilton County has high commuting rate

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that central Indiana's Hamilton County has one of the nation's highest ratios of residents who travel to another county for work.
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Penske takes over Hertz car rental locations in Indiana

March 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Michigan-based Penske Automotive Group Inc. has acquired 20 Hertz car rental outlets in Indiana and plans to add at least five locations.
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Airport puts parking operations under reviewRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The revenue-hungry Indianapolis Airport Authority is reviewing its entire parking operation, including opening up its valet parking contract in search of new services that would appeal to business travelers and in turn boost the airport’s bottom line.
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Transit bill to face tough road in SenateRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A bill to create a rapid-transit system in central Indiana is headed for the crucible of the Senate, where skeptics stand ready to tear apart the proposal’s $1.3 billion financing plan.
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CountryMark paying $18 million for pollution controls

March 1, 2013
Associated Press
Government officials alleged Indianapolis-based CountryMark violated the law when the oil refiner expanded operations without obtaining proper permits and installing necessary pollution controls.
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Republic Airways pulls out of earnings dive

February 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Restructuring efforts at Republic Airways Holdings spurred the regional airline operator to a fourth-quarter profit of $12.6 million, or 25 cents per share, the company announced Wednesday.
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Ohio logistics company adding 25 Indy jobs

February 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
An Ohio-based trucking logistics company plans to expand its operations in Indianapolis and add up to 25 jobs this year, primarily in sales.
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Environmental groups lob new suit at I-69 work

February 27, 2013
Scott Olson
For the third time, the Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a federal suit attempting to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis.
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Six Indiana airports could see control towers close

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration says control towers at airports in Gary, Muncie, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Columbus and West Lafayette could close if federal budget cuts take effect Friday.
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Republic Airways unit no longer on Expedia

February 26, 2013
Associated Press
Frontier Airlines, a unit of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., said Monday that its flights will no longer be available on online travel agency Expedia.
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House advances central Indiana transit measure

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has signed off on a measure that would let local residents vote for higher taxes to pay for a $1.3 billion expansion of the public transportation system.
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Architects, planners brainstorm Indianapolis transit terminal designRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Mason King
Here’s what we don’t know: what it will look like, what amenities users can expect, and how it will link to rapid-transit lines still in the planning stages. At the moment, the 1.9-acre parcel is a city-owned parking lot, situated on the south side of Washington Street between Delaware and Alabama streets. But architecture, urban planning and mass transit fans imagine it as an empty canvas, with the potential to showcase a signature structure that triggers more development nearby.
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LDI installs new Lacy as CEO, hunts for acquisitionRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.A. Lacy replaced David Shane, who retired Jan. 1. Lacy wants to add another distribution or logistics and manufacturing firm to the company's portfolio.
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City reports rise in parking meter profit, revenue

February 21, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis estimates it earned about $1 million more from parking meters in 2012, with meter revenue almost doubling from the previous year, the Department of Public Works announced Thursday.
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Mass-transit bill amended, ready for House vote

February 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A bill to let voters authorize higher taxes in central Indiana to pay for an expanded mass-transit system is ready for a full vote in the House after an amendment restricted who would be affected by it.
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Man says Republic denied him interview because of tattoos

February 21, 2013
A state commission found a Florida man can proceed with a civil rights complaint against the Indianapolis-based airline after it allegedly refused to consider him for a flight attendant's job because of the tattoos on his forearms.
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American, US Airways to merge, create world's biggest carrier

February 14, 2013
Associated Press
The $11 billion deal could well result in the elimination of some overlapping routes the carriers operate out of Indianapolis International Airport. Together, the two airlines have a combined market share of nearly 24 percent in Indianapolis.
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Mass-transit measure passes key House hurdle

February 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The House Ways and Means Committee cleared the bill, which would allow voters to decide whether to add 0.3 percent to local income tax rates to pay for a proposed central Indiana mass-transit system.
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I-69 leg gobbling up state's road fundingRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
As legislators brace for a $250 million annual transportation spending gap down the road, the Indiana Department of Transportation has designated more than one-third of its entire federal highway aid this year toward building 27 miles of Interstate 69 between Crane and Bloomington.
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Local freeway congestion not getting worse, study finds

February 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis commuter spent an average of 41 hours in freeway delays during rush hour in 2011, the same as in 2010, according to a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
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Judge OKs sale of Indiana's oldest ethanol plant

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
A joint venture bought the New Energy Corp. plant at auction last week for $2.5 million. New Energy had hoped the auction would cover the company's $54 million in debt. A large portion of that debt is owed to the U.S. Department of Energy, which guaranteed the original loans.
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Postal Service plans to eliminate Saturday delivery

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.
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