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  1. I looked at the amtrak.com, and it looks like that the lowest adult fare is $24 one way. If you add $20 to offset the current subsidy, that makes it $44. Megabus, which has half a dozen departures daily, charges $30 to $40, with sale prices as low as $1 if you book far enough in advance. So as far as Indy-Chicago traffic is concerned, the loss of the Hoosier State service is not really a concern. I wonder how much of the Indy origin/destination traffic is for locations other than Chicago. Megabus is non-stop to Chicago, and I think Greyhound makes a stop in Lafayette. That leaves traffic to Crawfordsville and Rensselaer; I suspect there isn't much, and there would still be the Cardinal three days a week. As far as Indy-Chicago travel time is concerned, as long as the train is making interim stops there's no way it will be able to be as quick as a non-stop bus. Granted, a train may have the potential to be somewhat more comfortable, but it doesn't make much difference on 3 hour trip.

  2. I'm an Arkansan, an Amtrak Select Plus mileage member, and i'm always looking for services (and States) that support my goals. Once in Chicago, I've got many options on where to go, what to eat, where to spend, and where to stay-all of them tied to how many miles/points I can earn. Illinois routes, 5x/day; Wisconsin, 6x/day; Indiana? 1x/day. Guess where I'll find something interesting, affordable, and accessible....and where I WON'T. Sorry, Hoosiers, the Illini and the Badgers already MADE the investment and didn't Mickey Mouse around playing smallball such as y'all have chosen to do. Without even LOOKING, I'd bet GOP fingers are all up IN this decision of your Leaders.

  3. I thought there was no crime "up in the land of the beautiful people"? I guess there is!!!

  4. Subprime lending was one of the major causes of the 2008 economic meltdown. You would think the government would have learned a lesson. This Financial crisis has been a long time coming. While most of the Subprime, No Money Down, mortgages came to a head half a decade ago Carmel continued to offer developers deals in which they had little skin. We did this with our own version of Subprime lending funded by the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. In effect we made offers businesses couldn't refuse. It has worked well for the largest and best connected Legal, Financial, Professional Services industries in the Metro area. Additionally there have been a few chosen area developers who have seemed to fare better when compared to the businesses that were not too big to fail. This can best be seen by an analysis of campaign contributions to the Mayor and his slate. The list of Companies and individuals with business dealings with the Administration makes up a very large part of the list of major Campaign "Contributors". Coincidence?

  5. Well at the rate Carmel is growing you folks up there will have the same problems larger metropolitan cities now have. More crime, crowding and infrastructure problems to solve. More people, more pavement, more runoff, more sewer problems. In ten years it will start to look and feel like a much larger, older, established city like (gasp) Indianapolis. I'm sorry but you can't move away from this, it always follows you eventually.

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