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Ground Breaking Possibilities: Indy’s New Downtown Transit Center

Ground Breaking Possibilities: Indy’s New Downtown Transit Center
Thursday September 25, city leaders, members of the IndyGo executive board and MPO will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Downtown Transit Center.  Situated on the Southeast corner of Washington and Delaware, the transit center will be the new hub for buses that travel downtown.  This edifice will be a much needed and welcomed alternative to the current cluster along Ohio Street.  At this point, only certain details regarding the design, costs, and retail center have been released to the public.  The center will have 20 bus bays, bicycle racks, and general seating inside. ...
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Downtown Transit Center Design open for bidding

Downtown Transit Center Design open for bidding
For years, Indianapolis has suffered from the lack of a central gathering site for all of it’s routes which travel through the downtown area. Currently, all routes make a loop through downtown, informally known as the corral, where the sidewalks act as defacto  transit centers. The stops are difficult to figure out and transfers can be troublesome based upon where one needs to get off a bus and catch another. Additionally, pedestrian mobility is reduced due to the large amount of people who wait on the sidewalks. Prior studies have singled out the Post Office on South Street as a potential...
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Where should a DT Transit Center be located?

Where should a DT Transit Center be located?
According to the IndyGo Comprehensive Operational Analysis that was covered in depth by Kevin, a downtown transit center should be used to try and organize all of the routes that converge on downtown Indianapolis. Per the report, a robust savings in operational cost could be gained while preserving on street traffic versus the current location’s most congested point along Ohio Street; at the same time increasing the amount of time buses can wait on layover waiting on connecting routes to arrive. However, the report debunked the conclusions that past downtown transit studies have...
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A Map of The 2016 Transit Referendum, Correlated with the Presidential Vote

A Map of The 2016 Transit Referendum, Correlated with the Presidential Vote
I’ve always tried to avoid the topic of politics on this blog. I’ve long felt that the core values of Urban Indy could appeal to a wide spectrum of the general public. With that in mind, I decided it still would be interesting to see how many Indianapolis precincts split their tickets in 2016. A general narrative is that Democrats are usually friendlier to transit than Republicans, but this precinct map shows that there are plenty of exceptions to that narrative within Indianapolis: This is just a subset of who won in each precinct. There are also variations within each precinct that cut...
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Bus Rapid Transit Could be a Game Changer for Indy Neighborhoods

Bus Rapid Transit Could be a Game Changer for Indy Neighborhoods
Indianapolis has largely succeeded in transforming its downtown from a sleepy no-man’s land to a place where people want to be. It’s not perfect, but it’s a downtown that can stand up among its peers. Throughout all of this focus on downtown, Indy’s neighborhoods have largely maintained a similar trajectory with regards to their built form for the past century. Broad Ripple and Fountain Square have probably seen the most new development, but almost every new structure has had to include a nod to off street auto parking. This raises the cost for development, increasing the...
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