Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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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Indianapolis airport set to open new service plaza

September 4, 2013
Associated Press
Airport officials announced Wednesday that the convenience store and 24-pump gas station are scheduled to open in mid-September, followed by two fast-food restaurants opening later this year.
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Commuters cope with downtown Indy highway project

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
Officials say they didn't see problems any worse than anticipated Tuesday morning when commuters dealt with the closure of a key section of Interstates 65 and 70. But the afternoon could be a different story.
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East Chicago, Gary push competing port proposals

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
Two northwestern Indiana cities are proposing plans for developing a new $400 million port that would become Indiana's second shipping port on Lake Michigan.
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United plans direct flights between San Francisco, Indianapolis

August 28, 2013
Mason King
The daily flights, which are expected to begin on Jan. 7, will fulfill a longtime wish of local tech firms eager for more direct access to the West Coast and Silicon Valley.
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Denver firm snaps up Greenwood property for $15.7 million

August 27, 2013
The acquisition of the 450,000-square-foot distribution center is another sign of the improved health of the Indianapolis area's industrial market.
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Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoilsRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard takes pride in Rebuild Indy, the city’s nearly $400 million program that doubled the volume of public works projects—and became engineering and construction firms' largest business opportunity with the city in more than a decade.
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Airport authority sues insurance carrier for $9.2M

August 23, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Airport Authority claims Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America failed to pay it all the money it is owed following a steel-beam collapse during construction of the midfield terminal.
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Next I-69 section to cost less than expected

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
State officials say revised plans for a section mean fewer homes and businesses would be torn down. And the cost is at least $100 million less than an estimate released last year.
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Amtrak service, local maintenance facility in danger

August 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will lose regular passenger rail service to Chicago and possibly a major employment center if the state declines to take over a federal subsidy for Amtrak after Oct. 1.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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