Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

BECKER: Indianapolis transit hub will redeem eyesoreRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Lynn Becker / Special to IBJ
Buses get no respect. Romance clings to the rails and to the grand stations that serve them. When you take a train, you may well find yourself in a replica of a Greek temple or the Baths of Caracalla.
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Transit advocates step up push to sway policymakersRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A grass-roots effort to salvage daily train service from Indianapolis to Chicago is solidifying into year-round advocacy for passenger rail in Indiana.
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IPL wants rate hike to fund car-sharing charging stations

April 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard’s hope of making Indianapolis the first U.S. city with an all-electric car- sharing service hinges on a rate hike to cover $16 million in costs to Indianapolis Power and Light.
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Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.
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Driver shortage causes backlog of RV deliveries

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimates 25,000 to 30,000 RVs are awaiting delivery because about 2,000 drivers are needed.
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Florida rival scoops up another ex-BrightPoint executive

April 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A competitor that once feuded in court with BrightPoint Inc. over the recruitment of executives has hired another top officer from the mobile-phone distribution and logistics company now known as Ingram Micro Mobility.
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Indiana agencies finalize deal for new I-69 section

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana officials have approved a pact with a private company that will finance and build the new section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville.
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San Francisco route off to flying startRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis business travelers pay a premium to shave a few hours and a lot of hassle off their trips to Silicon Valley, and they appear eager to do so. A new nonstop route between Indianapolis International Airport and San Francisco was about three-quarters sold in January and February, the two slowest months for air travel.
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Body shops sue insurers, allege push to drive down pricesRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Chris O'Malley
In a federal lawsuit, 14 Indiana auto-body shops accuse State Farm and competitors of extracting “unreasonable and onerous” concessions on vehicle repair costs.
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Ulta targets Greenwood for $51M distribution center, 537 jobs

April 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Beauty products maker Ulta Inc. plans to open a fulfillment and distribution center in Greenwood that will employ as many as 537 people by 2018, the Bolingbrook, Ill.-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Partisan battle freezes proposal to repave ravaged city streets

April 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Democrat-controlled City-County Council committee has tabled a proposal to spend $8 million in Rebuild Indy funds to repair thoroughfares hit hard by the brutal winter. Democrats say the project would favor Republican districts.
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Groups hope to revive Indiana Commerce Connector

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A group of central Indiana manufacturers and warehousing companies hopes to revive a proposal for a highway that would connect the region's major interstates and communities.
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U.S. Steel idles Gary mill due to lack of ore

April 5, 2014
Associated Press
The company temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.
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Republic Airways pilots reject contract offer

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Pilots for Indianapolis-based Republic Airways overwhelmingly rejected a proposed 4-year contract that the company said would have put them at or near the top of wages for pilots at regional airlines.
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Bikeshare program to launch downtown on Cultural Trail

April 4, 2014
Mason King
The program has been dubbed Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, due to a gift from the team's owner. Users will be able to rent bikes from 25 locations along the Cultural Trail.
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Harsh winter costs Indiana highway agency $57M

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation used 437,000 tons of salt and more than 5 million gallons of salt brine, and its trucks logged nearly 8.8 million miles.
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New highways funds aimed at I-65, job creation

April 3, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
The construction planned with the money, as well as an additional $200 million that's being held pending review, could create as many as 9,800 jobs in the state, INDOT estimates.
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INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak Chicago route

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
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Drivers brace for U.S. 31 closure near Indianapolis

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Residents and businesses in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis are preparing for the start of an eight-month closure of U.S. 31 as part of the project upgrading it to interstate standards.
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Casey's to build Indiana distribution center

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Casey’s General Stores Inc. said it plans to build a $30 million logistics center in Indiana that will have as many as 185 employees by 2019.
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State to widen Interstate 65 south of Southport

March 31, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Greenwood-area commuters should have more breathing room on Interstate 65 after a highway-widening project planned by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
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Public-private plan for I-69 work proves divisive

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
A plan to finance the cost of a section of the new Interstate 69 connection between Indianapolis and Evansville is drawing both praise and ire.
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New parking meters bring in $1M for Bloomington

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
The meters were approved a year ago amid protests from business owners who feared their long hours would deter customers and hurt their revenue.
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GE engine plant's future riding on new technologyRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Nothing less than the future profitability of commercial airlines rides on the jet engine that GE Aviation will assemble in Lafayette.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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