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HB1011 relegated to Study Committee

HB1011 relegated to Study Committee
Urban Indy has kept up to the minute with the goings-on of HB1011, mass transit, which was introduced in the Indiana House this year. Friday April 26th, it was reported that Representative Jerry Torr, author of the bill, had signed off on the Senate adopted version of the bill; that being all referendum authorizing language the original bill covered was stripped and replaced with a bi-partisan study committee being established to look into the issue over the summer. As written, the study committee has a December 2013 deadline to report back to the state legislature its findings. Presumably, after this...
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IndyGo’s Frequency Maps

IndyGo’s Frequency Maps
As one of the premiere transit blogs, Human Transit has been beating the drum of frequency maps for transit.  These maps prioritize how often buses run, where traditional transit maps show each line to be on equal footing.  I had even thought of creating a crude version for IndyGo that features their new lines that have improved bus frequency (which are still not as frequent as they should be, but that’s another story).  However, IndyGo actually has these maps on their website for everyone to view.  The PDF file explaining this can be found at this link.  The maps can be seen there, or...
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Trip report: Atlanta

Trip report: Atlanta
Last week, my family took a week’s vacation to the south and I was lucky enough to convince my wife to ride Atlanta’s MARTA subway system. It was after all, my birthday so I did not have to work very hard at it. We were passing through on a Sunday morning and after checking the schedules, I was delighted to see that even on Sunday, the Gold Line operates on 20 minute headways. This is comparable to Indy’s best bus headways or was up until recently with the 2013 service upgrades to the 8. With the promise of coffee at one of the stations, I set about finding someplace we could park our...
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Jane Jacobs Walk with Big Car

Jane Jacobs Walk with Big Car
Urban Indy is proud to sponsor an upcoming Jane Jacobs walk in the Garfield Park neighborhood with the Big Car organization.  Indy’s version of the nationwide initiative takes place on May 4th at 10 AM.  Registration and more information for the event can be found at this website.  I’ll be taking part in the 3 mile walk with my wife and 2 year-old daughter.  Other Urban Indy collaborators may also be joining along.  Come along and chat with us, as we aim to reflect on our current built environment, as well as ways to improve upon it. Social Media ...
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One-way spur streets downtown: not exactly spurring growth.

One-way spur streets downtown: not exactly spurring growth.
That most American cities suffer from a plethora of one-way streets is a blog topic in and of itself.  After all, just last week I revealed on my personal blog how Houston’s vast downtown only has five streets with two-way sections, and not one of these streets completely transects the city center.  The desirability of one-way versus two-way is an argument I’ll save for a later point, when I’m better prepared to identify the streets in downtown Indy that are the top candidates for a conversion.  No doubt we can all think of that one irritating block where we can never turn the way we want to...
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