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Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects

Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects
One of the defining features of the history of Indianapolis is its urban streetcar network. The last streetcar to run in Indy was located on College Avenue. Here’s the network as it was built in 1923: By the 1950s, the lines had largely been replaced by city buses. Instead of removing them, the rails were simply paved over. The current Red Line project has been excavating the tracks in the locations where the construction is most significant. Then, Michael McKillop from Midtown Indy had an idea. Instead of scrapping the tracks (as was originally intended), they have been saved, and are currently...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/11

Red Line Construction Update: 5/11
This week, I’ll be using photos provided by Dawn Olsen. She recently visited the 30th and Meridian Station. I particularly like the one of the citizen laughing in the middle of the street. Human interactions like this will be more common in Indy after this project is finished. Here’s the weekly IndyGo email: College Avenue: There will continue to be short-term lane restrictions at the College Avenue station locations this week to allow for station structures to be installed. Flaggers will direct traffic through around the work areas. 42nd Street – one lane closure May 23 for up to 3...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/14

Red Line Construction Update: 5/14
One aspect that will be unique about the Red Line on College Avenue will be the raised triangular diverters placed at some of the intersections. This prevents drivers from making left hand turns. Left hand turns tend to be more dangerous than right hand turns. Yet another nod to a safety improvement, not a detriment. This intersection at 51st and College is still under construction, but there are some completed diverters elsewhere along the route: This is the future station at 52nd and College, which is located a half a block to the south. This is the sidewalk ramp to the future station: Here’s...
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Red Line Update: 5/6

Red Line Update: 5/6
The Red Line platforms that were first to be constructed are starting to round into shape. Jerome Horne from IndyGo sent these photos from the south Shelby Street station at the U of Indy: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for this week: Three Week Look Ahead: May 6 As with all construction projects, the following forecast is subject to change. For more project details and a live construction map, visit https://www.indygored.com/Construction. New This Week College Avenue: There...
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