Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Group, bill promote natural gas fueling stations

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
Natural gas advocates want to create incentives for building fueling stations across the state in hopes that more people will operate vehicles using alternative fuels.
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Republic unit Frontier bringing air service back to Delaware

April 8, 2013
Associated Press
Frontier's decision means an end to a five-year stretch in which Delaware had no commercial air service, following the abrupt shutdown and bankruptcy filing by startup carrier Skybus Airlines in 2008.
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Mayor Ballard accepts fate of mass-transit billRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sat out an April 2 hearing on mass transit because he knew the issue would be shifted to the Legislature’s back burner.
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Senate budget expected to boost road funding

April 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments and road builders are optimistic that the Indiana Senate's version of the state budget, set to debut Thursday, will mirror the House's $500 million increase for road building.
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Mass-transit bill hits detour in Senate committee

April 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Members of the state's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee voted 12-0 on Tuesday morning to stall legislation that would give central Indiana voters the ability to choose if they want to pay higher taxes for expanded mass transit.
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Push for I-70 truck lanes hits roadblock in studyRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Economy, high cost of construction cited as factors.
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Toyota model made in Indiana getting sleek overhaul

March 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. is revamping the Highlander SUV, turning the car-based crossover into a more wagon-like model as the automaker seeks to keep its U.S. sales rising for a third consecutive year.
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Celadon says new driver-training facility to create 500 jobs

March 26, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm first announced plans for the driver-education center in January, but has since expanded the project and employment projections while seeking state incentives.
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Printing firm to bring 360 jobs to Jeffersonville

March 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Ohio-based Standard Printing says it will invest nearly $10 million to lease and renovate a 335,000-square-foot facility.
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Calumet goes back to market with public offering

March 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based petroleum refiner plans to use proceeds from the 5.3 million unit stock offering for working capital, acquisitions and possibly the redemption or repurchase of debt.
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Celadon, state plan major jobs announcement

March 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based trucking carrier Celadon Group Inc. and the state are set to make an announcement Tuesday morning "regarding hundreds of new jobs." A source familiar with the deal said the announcement involves a previously announced driver education center.
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Bloomington council OKs revised parking meter plan

March 22, 2013
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council voted 6-3 in favor of the downtown parking plan, which was revised following opposition from local business owners.
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Mass-transit bill leaps one hurdle, heads for another

March 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A Senate committee Wednesday passed a measure that would give area residents a chance to vote on whether to pay higher taxes to expand the mass-transit system. Lawmakers sent the bill to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
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Kenley drops out as sponsor of mass-transit bill

March 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Already skeptical of a mass-transit plan for the Indianapolis metro area, influential Sen. Luke Kenley said he decided it was inappropriate to be listed as a sponsor without giving the bill his unqualified support.
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Mass transit campaign floods market with $1 millionRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The campaign to expand public transit in the region has generated a busload of money for some media and marketing outlets, thanks to $1 million in federal grants to advertise the benefits of mass transit.
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Airport demolition bids come in way under budget

March 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Taking down the old passenger terminal at Indianapolis International Airport could cost half as much as anticipated. The airport authority board voted Friday to approve all but one of the recommended contracts.
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Republic's deal with American wins court approval

March 13, 2013
Bloomberg News
American Airlines, the carrier reorganizing in bankruptcy, won court approval of an agreement for Republic Airways Holdings Inc. to operate regional jets for American.
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Indiana Senate approves new specialty plate limits

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators have approved a proposal overhauling the state's specialty auto license plate system that requires all the groups with plates to sell 500 a year and undergo a financial review once a decade.
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Plainfield distribution facility with 137 workers closing

March 12, 2013
Pitney Bowes said 137 employees will lose their jobs when it ceases operations at a distribution center in Hendricks County in May.
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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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  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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