If Union Station was linked to an urban transportation system extending from downtown to the Hendricks County border, workers in the gargantuan warehouses west of Indianapolis would have access to a reliable transit system.
Indiana was rejected earlier this year for federal funding for its part of a Chicago-to-Cleveland route.
The luxury coach routes from downtown to Fishers and Carmel were launched three years ago and have been popular among suburban commuters.
Connecting rural bus systems with one another and with IndyGo must happen before commuter rail becomes a reality.
Carmel’s virtual Disney World of new, high-density attractions—from the mixed-use City Center to the Carmel Arts and Design
District—were built with walking and biking access in mind. A recently completed study shows the potential to link numerous
other city destinations by multiple forms of transportation.
A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze
more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more
money than they cost to implement.
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional
transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
With traffic congestion growing, the idea of sending streetcars zipping down Washington Street—from
far-east-side Cumberland to Indianapolis International Airport on the west—is making a return. And
the route could offer the best bang for the buck in spurring transit-oriented development.