IBJNews

Reverse-commuter lines to roll to Hendricks, Hamilton counties

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Employers in Hamilton County and Hendricks County may find it easier to attract workers from Marion County, with the planned launch of a “reverse commuting” bus service.

The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority this spring will announce specifics about the new routes, which are being funded mostly by federal Job Access Reverse Commute grants.

Reverse commutes follow the opposite of traditional commuting patterns, which typically see workers in the suburbs head to work in the central city. Suburban employers say many would-be workers in the core of Indianapolis can’t afford to drive to far-flung suburbs or live there. And cash-constrained IndyGo operates principally in Marion County only.

CIRTA’s plan entails a Hamilton County route that will begin from a central location in Indianapolis and extend to existing Indy Express park-and-ride bus lots in Carmel and Fishers, from where commuters now ride into Indianapolis. The existing buses are operated under contract with Louisville-based Miller Transportation.

The Carmel park-and-ride lot is at the Meijer store, at Pennsylvania Street and West Carmel Drive. The Fishers lot is on the northeast corner of 106th Street and Lantern Road.

“In Carmel and Fishers, there will be shuttles that connect from the current Indy Express Bus park-and-ride lots to major employers in those communities,” said Ehren Bingaman, executive director of CIRTA. (In the video below from IBJ's "Going Green" Power Breakfast series, Bingaman discusses reverse commuting and other initiatives to link neighboring counties.)



Conversely, IndyGo routes would feed to the originating location in Indianapolis. A reverse-commuting route also is planned this year to Plainfield, in Hendricks County. It would originate from a location along Washington Street in Indianapolis.

City planning documents show the bus would stop at Perry Road, in Plainfield, with additional service possibly to Stafford Road, Metropolis Parkway and to AirTech Park.

Bingaman declined to elaborate on specific destinations or timing, saying they’re still being nailed down. The federal grant for 2012 totals about $1 million, according to planning documents.

Such bus routes are considered stepping stones toward what planners envision as a robust regional mass-transit program within the next 20 years. Gaining most of the attention over the last year has been plans for an expanded IndyGo bus system and a rail line for commuters.

The first rail line would link Indianapolis, Fishers and Noblesville using the former Nickel Plate rail corridor. Legislation in the Indiana General Assembly would have allowed residents of Marion and Hamilton County to vote on whether to pay for such a plan through higher taxes. But the plan was derailed this year by a squabble in the legislature over whether employees of such a system could decide against union representation.

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership has been trying to revive the transit bill. But Bingaman, a panelist on an IBJ “Going Green” Power Breakfast session Thursday, said the bill was doomed this session.
 

ADVERTISEMENT

  • IUPUI Student
    As a student living downtown, I go to school during the mornings and work a few days a week in Carmel. I'm sure this service is great for people that have normal 8-5 shifts, but it still is worthless for those of us who have night shifts in Carmel. It'd be great to have a bus system in this city that ran 24 hours. And to the person who blames the Democrats, give me a break. The Democrats have always been for increased transportation and the Republicans stuck that anti-union language in there to guarantee the bill would fail.
  • Would be wonderful
    As a downtown Indianapolis resident who works in Carmel and goes to school in the evenings downtown, I would love to see this come to fruition. The most steady and costly item in my budget is gas and I would like to see that reduce by an alternative mode of transportation such as this.
  • neighborhood stops?
    I am a Washington Township resident who works in Carmel. I would love to take a bus to work, but all IndyGo bus lines are designed to carry workers downtown. I would love to see the "reverse commuter" bus make a few stops in neighborhoods between downtown and Carmel, rather than just an express direct from downtown
  • Finally
    As someone who commutes by car from downtown Indy to Carmel, I know first hand how impossible it is currently to get anywhere in Carmel via the Express bus -- anywhere but Meijer's. At least there is one a.m. and one p.m. bus a day to/from Carmel for reverse-commuters. There are none for Fishers. Yet one can get the the Greenwood Mall in Johnson county. Go figure.
  • Ridiculousness
    Absolutely ridiculous that sorely-needed public transportation issues are held up by the Democrats' zealous devotion to all things union.

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Uh, sorry Johnnie, but you are incorrect. Despite the assertions by yourself and various defenders and captains, sports attendance is NOT off significantly at most sporting events in the US. Variances in attendance has been in the range of single digits, both + & - for years now. MLB has had most of its best overall attendance nubers in the last decade, and that trend has been consistent for most major sporting events. The number one issue cited by most fans when asked about attendance is the overall cost of attending. The presence of HD and big screen televisions in home doesn't even register, as a factor for not attending an event. VALUE in the product is the key, and apparently is something lacking in the current ICS. What other explanation is there when with what is routinely touted as the "best" racing on the planet, fans are staying away in DROVES. A "close" title battle into the last event at Fontana, with the "cars and stars" of the ICS, and who showed up? MAYBE 8K. Sorry, but HD TV isn't to blame for that kind of fan apathy.

  2. Do you need finance to establish your business ? Are you interested in getting a loan at 3% from our private company? If so please Email: suntrust_oil@blumail.org

  3. If she was worth the $ the public outcry over direct tv dropping them would have kept them on their dishes as we have seen with other companies. I too quit watching channel 13 after she showed up since I left channel 8 because of her all show rather than production results. When Randy on 8 corrected her she had a big head and incorrectly challenged his correction for pronunciation of a city. Other antics while she matures was too much for me with her very inaccurate forecasts. All the forecasters were predicting rain until Thursday except Chris. They predicted sunny on Thursday but instead of rain until Thursday upon which the sun would finally make it out in full glory Chris was right on the money just as I too predicted looking at the radar on weather.gov. One thing I love about Angela is the fear you can see in her every time it thunders in the winter. It far exceeds the entertainment value of her body language (high heel noise drags, depression, etc) when her forecasts are so incorrect. Her hair stands on end, you have to see it!!!

  4. Good Day, Apply For A Loan I am Mr Fernadez Antonio, a private Loan lender and a cooperate financial for real estate and any kinds of business financing. I also offer Loans to individuals, Firms and cooperate bodies at 3% interest rate We offer any kind of loans. email us via fernadezloaninvest@outlook.com LOAN APPLICATION FORM First name:......................... Middle name:......................... Last name:........................................ Date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd):....................... Gender:........................................... Marital status:................................... Total Amount Needed............................... Loan Duration.................................... Address:.......................................... City:............................................. State/province:................................... Zip/postal code:.................................. Country:.......................................... Phone:............................................ Fax:.............................................. Mobile/cellular:.................................. Monthly Income.................................... Occupation:....................................... Best Regard, Mr Fernadez Antonio.

  5. i will love to share my testimony to you all the people in world i got married to my husband about 2 year ago we start having problems at home like we stop sleeping on the same bed,fighting about little things he always comes home late at night,drinking too much and sleeping with other women out side i have never love any man in my life except him. he is the father of my child and i don't want to loose him because we have worked so hard together to become what we are and have today .few month ago he now decided to live me and the kid,being a single mother can be hard sometimes and so i have nobody to turn to and i was heart broken.i called my mom and explain every thing to her,my mother told me about DR.okoro how he helped her solve the problem between her and my dad i was surprise about it because they have been without each other for three and a half years and it was like a miracle how they came back to each other. i was directed to DR. okoro on his email:okorospell@gmail.com and explain everything to him,so he promise me not to worry that he will cast a spell and make things come back to how we where so much in love again and that it was another female spirit that was controlling my husband he told me that my problem will be solved within two days if i believe i said OK So he cast a spell for me and after two days my love came back asking me to forgive him i Am so happy now. so that why i decided to share my experience with every body that have such problem contact Dr okoro the great spell caster on his email addresses spellcasterforlove@outlook.com

ADVERTISEMENT