Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Jan 29th, 2013 | 4 comments
Last week, HB1011 (Mass Transit) received a hearing in the Roads & Transportation Committee at the Indiana Statehouse. A vote was not taken, but testimony was given for nearly 4 hours on the bill which, if passed this session, would grant voters an opportunity to vote on expanded local funding for mass transit and the creation of a regional transit authority. 40 people signed up to speak with a large split 38-2, in support. Full disclosure, I was on hand and spoke in support of the bill as well.
On Wednesday January 30th, at 10:30am, in House Room 156-D, the Roads & Transportation Committee...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Jan 23rd, 2013 | 24 comments
In case you have missed the blast of emails, tweets, major local media and others, today, HB1011, the Mass Transit bill, gets a hearing in Roads and Transportation. It will be in the House Chambers and starts at 330. Supporters are urged to attend. If you cannot, there will be a live feed of it on the Indiana General Assembly website. In case you have been underground for the past month, the latest on the Central Indiana transit plan can be seen at the Indy Connect website including a new map, the current plan, and other details associated with the push for improved mass transit in the Indianapolis...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods
on Jan 22nd, 2013 | 7 comments
Last weekend, Indianapolis received its first-ever on-street bicycle corrals. They were installed in Broad Ripple, at the intersection of Guilford and Westfield.
I contacted Kevin Whited from IndyCog about the project, and here is what he said:
A little info on the Broad Ripple Bike Corrals:
INDYCOG played a very limited role in the process. We presented to BRVA on the virtues of on-street bike corrals, and had a limited role in the facilitation between the City and Green Broad Ripple, BRVA, & Union Jack.
Brenda Rising-Moore from Union Jacks and Neal Bennett from Green Broad Ripple did the...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Jan 17th, 2013 | 26 comments
The proposal to remodel the former Monon Fitness Center building at 5301 Winthrop Avenue has taken yet another step towards satisfying some vocal opponents. According to Misha Rabinowitch, the attorney for the proposal, the project has been downsized again. Here are the details relayed to me by Mary Owens from the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association:
Revised site plan significantly reducing the size of the outdoor space and increasing the amount of onsite parking to 79 (from 54)
Identifying the parking along Winthrop Ave. as parallel parking, which eliminates the need for a variance related...
Posted by Curt Ailes in New Development, Pedestrian
on Jan 14th, 2013 | 21 comments
In a manner consistent with it’s recent revitalization efforts in the downtown Art’s District and the new City Center & Palladium, Carmel has laid the groundwork for future revitalization of the 70′s era Merchant Square; which lies near the intersection of 116th Street and Keystone Parkway in Hamilton County. At the core of the plan is a phased reconstruction of the current configuration with an aim at pedestrianizing the now automobile oriented commercial development.
Before anyone gets ahead of us, this is simply a plan; not yet set in stone. Nationally renowned city planner...