Scaled-back transit plan, which includes rail line from downtown to Noblesville and Franklin, is projected to cost $2.4 billion, with local taxpayers picking up about half the amount. Funding would need to be approved through county referendums, however.
Some southern Indiana communities are worried about the economic impact of CSX Transportation's decision to stop running
trains on a 62-mile rail line.
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention
locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has
not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County’s biggest
concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
Indiana Railroad Co. has coupled onto its “largest single new business opportunity ever” with plans to serve Peabody Energy’s new Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, said IRR President and CEO Thomas G. Hoback.
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given city planners the green light to seek an expedited study that would provide
a clearer picture of what a comprehensive regional transit system could look like and how much it would cost.
Spiking diesel fuel prices have deflated trucking stocks and made road kill out of many a small motor carrier. It’s sweet
irony for anyone who’s worn a pinstriped cotton cap to work. The rising price of diesel is poised to invigorate a mode of
transportation that trucks nearly annihilated–the 40 freight railroads crisscrossing the state.
Planners and politicians spent the better part of a decade and untold millions of dollars studying a mass transit system between
downtown and the suburbs. They have little to show for it except mounds of reports and an estimate of $690 million, but the
boys in bib overalls at the Indiana Transportation Museum think they can get it done for much less.