Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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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Indy pitches in to continue Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
Communities on Amtrak's Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago will help continue the service for at least a year.
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Amtrak, state reach deal to keep Chicago route running

October 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
The $2.7 million agreement will keep the Hoosier State passenger rail service between Indy and Chicago operating for one year.
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City officials aim to build on momentum for cyclingRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has become a more bike-friendly city, and city planners are looking to ensure the progress continues. The Metropolitan Development Commission will vote Oct. 16 on a bicycle master plan that lays out a host of educational and policy initiatives to encourage two-wheeled transportation.
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Could airport gambling idea take off?Restricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two gambling-industry lawyers see untapped potential in Indianapolis International Airport, which they argue is the ideal place to roll out wireless gambling technology and rake in revenue to support more nonstop flights, like the one United Airlines will launch in January to San Francisco.
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Pence appoints panel to develop transportation plan

October 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday he will turn planning for the state’s “next generation” of transportation infrastructure over to a panel that will be co-chaired by the lieutenant governor and an industry official.
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Proposed Illiana Expressway loses key vote

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
The head of northeastern Illinois' planning agency called Wednesday for an end to Gov. Pat Quinn's push for the Illiana Expressway, saying the proposed $1.3 billion tollway south of Chicago into Indiana is "a highway in nowhere land."
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End of major state highway project could mark start of growth

October 7, 2013
Associated Press
The almost-completed $383 million State Road 25 Hoosier Heartland Highway Corridor project is expected to create economic development opportunities from West Lafayette to Fort Wayne.
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Car dealers curtail advertising boastsRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Efforts by trade groups such as the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana—and, more formidably, a recent crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission—have discouraged the use of potentially misleading ads.
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Celadon using free training to fight driver shortageRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The trucking firm launched its in-house truck-driving school a year ago to boost the supply of drivers and, executives hope, cut down on turnover, which is 98 percent per year at the company, mirroring the industry average.
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KAR Auction Services riding the wave of auto recoveryRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Greg Andrews
Early investors in KAR Auction Services are looking savvy. Since November 2012, KAR shares have marched steadily higher, rising from $12.25 to nearly $29.
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Mass-transit plan draws critics in state hearing

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
Three tea party members testified Thursday against the $1.3 billion proposal that lawmakers delayed last session and sent to a study committee for review.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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