Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Republic growth strategy fraught with riskRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By purchasing two struggling airlines for which it flies, Republic Airways Holdings is taking aboard substantial risks that threaten its profitable niche, analysts say. Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines are not only leaking money, but fly at an altitude where major carriers routinely dogfight in a fare war Republic hasn't had to fight as a contract carrier.
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Expanded FedEx cargo hub not meeting expectationsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis International Airport, already suffering from a 10-percent drop in passenger traffic and a projected $15 million revenue shortfall this year, is also feeling financial drag from its single most important tenant. FedEx Express cargo shipments, which amount to about half of the $25 million in airfield fees generated at the airport, fell 16 percent in the first three months of this year vs. the same period last year.
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Transit can be economic engineRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
We applaud the efforts of those who are laying the groundwork for viable mass transit in the Indianapolis area.
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Transit, sustainable development likely to be themes in rescue of near-north neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County's biggest concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
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Project manager named for I-70 beautificationRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cripe Architects and Engineers has been named lead consultant on a $2 million project to beautify five Interstate 70 interchanges.
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Not shying away from private jet salesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Eagle Creek Aviation Services CEO Matt Hagans has taken delivery of the first of 17 Phenom 100 business jets from Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer.
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Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.
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Price tag for I-69 project growingRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The environmental report shows that the extension for Interstate 69 will cost at least $3 billion.
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Project aims to make electric plug-in cars a realityRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A partnership of electric utilities and technology companies is intent on making Indianapolis the first city in the nation to test plug-in electrics on a mass scale, perhaps starting later this year.
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Ballard trip to explore clean energyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and other city officials will travel to Brazil in May to explore renewable-energy production, in hopes of making the city a leader in the technology.
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Railroad getting boost from mine in Sullivan CountyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Indiana Railroad Co. has coupled onto its "largest single new business opportunity ever" with plans to serve Peabody Energy's new Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, said IRR President and CEO Thomas G. Hoback.
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Mass transit crucial to region's successRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
To support quality of life initiatives and boost economic development, Indiana government and its citizens must develop quality mass transit systems.
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Auto sellers want refuge from industry fallout, but trio of bills have fallen flat at StatehouseRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Car dealers fearful of losing their flagship brands if auto manufacturers crash and burn aren't getting much help from the Indiana General Assembly.
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Hendricks airport to growRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is planning improvements to Gordon Graham Field in Hendricks County, including a runway extension and a second terminal.
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Local company out to turn algae into fuel of futureRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Stellarwind is believed to be the first algae-oil company in Indiana and among dozens of others around the country at the forefront of what's being called the third wave of biofuels production.
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Quest for new rocket fuel leads scientists to kitchenRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Sam Stall
At Purdue University, the quest for a new missile and spacecraft fuel has brought together an oil-and-vinegar mix of rocket scientists and food scientists.
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Potent potential for ethanol?Restricted Content

March 16, 2009
Poet Biorefining has four more Indiana ethanol plants on the drawing board, but they'll stay on paper until capital markets and demand for the biofuel improve, an executive of the South Dakota company said on a recent trip to Indianapolis
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Airport CEO pick had host of critics in Florida

March 13, 2009
Chris O'Malley, Scott Olson
John D. Clark, the man nominated to be CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, has been a polarizing figure in Jacksonville, where he’s been CEO of the Florida city’s aviation authority since 2001.
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U.S. 31 project means massive changes for booming retail corridorRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Lauth Properties alleges in a lawsuit that the state's plan to rebuild 13 miles of U.S. 31 in Hamilton County to freeway standards will cut off access to a property it owns in Westfield, killing plans for a Wal-Mart there.
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Airport concessions awardedRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Indianapolis International Airport cleaned up at the Airport Revenue News' 2009 Best Concession Awards Feb. 15 in Orlando, Fla.
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New terminal plays big role in city marketing campaignRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Local tourism supporters are prominently featuring the Indianapolis International Airport's makeover in a branding campaign rolled out earlier this month.
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Activity at Statehouse picks up, but how much is getting done?Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
After a surprisingly slow month of January, the pace of legislative action picked up considerably during the first two weeks of February.
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Leaders driven to finish road linking Interstates 74, 70Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Recently elected as a Hendricks County commissioner, Eric Wathen says his top priority is to complete the long-promised Ronald Reagan Parkway, which would open a congestion-free path through the suburbs of Brownsburg, Avon and Plainfield.
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Republic Airways loses DOT appeal to keep financial info from public, other regional airlinesRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Department of Transportation has denied a request by Republic Airways Holdings to continue keeping financial data on two of its airlines confidential. It's a practice the CEO of JetBlue Airways called "gaming" of DOT rules.
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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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