Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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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Railroad upgrade planned for southern Indiana line

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The owner of a rail line through that runs from Indianapolis to Jeffersonville is planning a $90 million project to replace an aging bridge and make improvements over more than 100 miles of track.
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Indiana, Amtrak continue Hoosier State line talks

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana and Amtrak are making progress hammering out a short-term agreement to keep a passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago running until a comprehensive funding deal is reached.
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Republic Airways selling Frontier in $145M deal

October 1, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Indigo Partners LLC, led by veteran airline executive William Franke, has agreed to buy Frontier Airlines from Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. for $36 million in cash. The total value of the transaction is $145 million including debt.
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Monroe County looks to limit I-69 truck stops

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
Officials in southern Indiana's Monroe County are proposing tough rules for any truck stops that might be built with the opening of the Interstate 69 extension.
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RV exec seeking new start in IndyRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
A member of one of the recreational vehicle industry’s elite families hopes to get a fresh start in Indianapolis by launching a manufacturer of super-high-end RVs.
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Reverse commuter route launches on northwest sideRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
There’s a new reverse-commute bus route connecting the northwest side of Indianapolis with major employers in west Carmel.
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Transportation, warehousing catch tailwindRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana’s transportation and warehousing industry employs more people now than before the recession, and observers think its growth will continue to outpace the nation’s.
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PROXY CORNER: KAR Auction Services Inc.Restricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
KAR Auction Services Inc., 13085 Hamilton Crossing Blvd., Carmel 46032, is the holding company for ADESA Inc., which operates used-vehicle auctions at 67 locations; Insurance Auto Auctions Inc., which operates salvage auctions at 163 locations; and Automotive Finance Corp., which provides floorplan financing at 104 locations.
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Aircraft paint shop at Grissom a boon for economy

September 27, 2013
Associated Press
The 150-employee facility is a godsend for Miami County, which lost a larger percentage of its residents between 1990 and 2000 than any other Indiana county.
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Amtrak upgrades would boost ridership, cost millions

September 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Improvements to Amtrak’s Hoosier State service between Indianapolis and Chicago would boost ridership and revenue, but there’s no scenario under which the line would pay for itself, a study says.
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Indiana to negotiate with Amtrak over Hoosier State line

September 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
State transportation officials are talking with Amtrak about continuing the Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago, which requires a state subsidy. The service, which was set to expire on Oct. 16, will continue while negotiations are ongoing.
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Pilots heap praise on state lawmakersRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana aviators are still celebrating two tax breaks created in the 2013 legislative session, one eliminating a sales tax on parts and repairs and a restructuring of the fuel tax that translates to hundreds in savings per fill-up.
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Anderson leaders work to make most of gateways

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Anderson business and civic leaders is focusing on ways to change perceptions of those traveling into the city by improving interstate entrances.
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Work set to begin on Carmel segment of new U.S. 31

September 19, 2013
Associated Press
A $141 million contract includes interchange improvements at Interstate 465 and new roundabout interchanges at 106th, 116th, 131st and 136th streets.
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Republic Airways extends deadline for Frontier sale

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based regional carrier plans to tie up negotiations with a prospective buyer, believed to be headed by former Spirit Airlines Inc. Chairman Bill Franke.
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Amtrak officials reiterate route's importance to repair hub

September 15, 2013
Associated Press
Amtrak officials are continuing to emphasize that the future of a repair facility south of Indianapolis could hinge on whether it begins receiving $3.1 million in annual state funding for passenger train service between Indianapolis and Chicago.
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Entrepreneur not sold on flight times between Indy, San FranciscoRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The nonstop connection to Silicon Valley that Indianapolis' tech community has been clamoring for is here, but a leading advocate for the service said it doesn’t meet his industry’s needs.
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Online retailer Newegg plans big distribution center

September 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Newegg.com is considering a $15 million distribution center in Indianapolis that would employ 150 people by the end of 2015.
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Indiana continues talks about Amtrak route's future

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
State transportation officials faced with a looming deadline on the future of an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago met Wednesday with lawmakers, mayors and other local officials to discuss their options.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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Opening set for new West Lafayette bypass

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
The four-lane roadway cost $45 million and follows a 5.3-mile route around the south and west sides of the city.
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Indianapolis suburbs connecting the dots with trailsRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
About 500 miles of trails already cut through Hamilton and Boone counties—including 125-plus miles in Carmel—and countless more are on the drawing board as suburban leaders strive to appeal to residents who want connected, walkable communities.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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State, United confirm direct flights to San Francisco

September 4, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence and executives from United Airlines on Wednesday formally announced that Indianapolis will receive nonstop daily service to San Francisco starting in January. IBJ first reported plans for the service last week.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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