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Interactive Map of Indianapolis Transit Support

Interactive Map of Indianapolis Transit Support
The big local news from the Election a few weeks ago was the passing of the IndyGo funding referendum. With almost 60% of the vote, voters in Marion County supported the measure, giving the City County Council a good indication of the direction of their upcoming vote on the issue. Thankfully, MIBOR released the election results by council district. I asked Jill Saligoe-Simmel to help map the results so they could be displayed in a clickable manner. The results can be seen on her website, or below: Supporters are now encouraged to write to their council members. I’ve already written mine, Duke...
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Potential Multi-Use Proposal for Chatham Arch

Potential Multi-Use Proposal for Chatham Arch
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Committee has filed renderings for a proposal on the former Day Nursery, along East Street. This location currently serves as a de facto dog park. The renderings look promising: As usual, there are neighborhood concerns about the parking variance within the posted document. Overall, it looks like it could be a nice...
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Election Day Volunteer Opportunities

Election Day Volunteer Opportunities
Transit Drives Indy has opportunities for volunteers on Election Day, November 8th. Sign up on their website to attend a polling place in Marion County. NOTE: I have turned off comments on this post.  
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Mobilizing in Support for Mass Transit

Mobilizing in Support for Mass Transit
The next month will be absolutely critical for supporters of Indianapolis Transit. First, they need to pass the budget for 2017. The budget didn’t clear a Committee Hearing last month in a surprise move. Fortunately there is still time to save the budget, with a hearing scheduled at the full Council next Monday at 7pm at the City-County Building. Supporters of transit are encouraged to attend, starting across the street at the City Market at 6:30 pm. Attendees will be provided a Transit Drives Indy t-shirt. Also, there are now finally yard signs in support of the Transit Expansion Plan to...
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Friday Fun: Self-Driving Cars (in 2009)

There’s been a lot of talk in urban circles about how the implementation of self-driving vehicles will impact transportation in the future. Most of that talk is way out of my league, but I do have experience actually riding in a self-driven vehicle. Back in 2009, my wife and I visited Japan, and we checked out their futuristic island outside of Tokyo called Odaiba. It happened to include this exhibit for self-driving cars that visitors could ride in for free. So, we figured, why not? Who knows if we’ll ever do this again? Apologies for the poor quality. It’s a video of a video, shot...
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The Cultural Trail in front of Conrad Hotel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

The Cultural Trail in front of Conrad Hotel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
The crown jewel in our city’s livable infrastructure, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has been cited in almost every publication or promotional piece. Most recently, it was mentioned in The Vogue magazine. But there is one half of a block where it basically stops in deference to a hotel’s valet parking zone. The Conrad has insisted that it is trying to be a good neighbor, but that it has no choice but to use this zone for vehicles. A few weeks ago, this was the hilariously sad scene: After seeing this photo, I tweeted out a joke that they might as well host a tailgate party on the remaining...
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Remixing East 52nd Street

Remixing East 52nd Street
The running center turn lane on East 52nd Street (and many other streets around town) is a monument to traffic engineering winning over everything else: This configuration has bugged me for years. There is an unprotected bike lane, yes, but also a very narrow sidewalk with poles in the middle of it. I decided to see what else could be done with only 48 feet of right-of-way width, as shown below: There’s a great tool for this task on the web called Streetmix. It enables citizens to imagine different street configurations. There were a number of constraints that I worked with: 10 foot travel lane...
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Matt Impink on Transit in Indy

Matt Impink on Transit in Indy
Come join us this Thursday, August 25th at 7 PM to hear a presentation made by Matt Impink of the Indy Chamber as he covers the background and future of transit in Indianapolis. Matt will be covering the current facts about transit in Indy as well as the talking about the Indy Connect transit plan for the near term and longer term. This will be a chance to ask questions about the Red Line plan as well as the upcoming transit referendum on the ballot this fall. Please try to RSVP on the Strong Indy meetup page if you plan to attend. Also feel free to share this invitation with anyone who might be...
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New Poll Shows Support for Mass Transit Referendum in Marion County

New Poll Shows Support for Mass Transit Referendum in Marion County
Indy’s Congregation Action Network commissioned a poll for the upcoming Mass Transit referendum. The results are encouraging to supporters, however I’m going to take this with a grain of salt. This is an organization that supports transit, and not an independent media source. Still, I figured it would be good to link it here in case anyone was curious to see a potential reading of the November electorate. Without some independent polls, though, we can’t average out the results to find a better...
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Guest Post from Kate Dobson: Vote Yes on Election Day

Guest Post from Kate Dobson: Vote Yes on Election Day
This is the 4th article in a series of guest posts in support of expanded transit access in Indianapolis. The first three can be seen here, here, and here. T.S. Eliot wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” In 2014, I spent nine months in northeast Brazil teaching English. This region of Brazil is stereotyped within the country as backwards and slow in contrast with the economically and culturally more developed southeast region. As a Midwesterner who has heard a fair share of...
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