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Analyzing Options for the Purple Line

Analyzing Options for the Purple Line
Earlier this month, Indy Connect hosted a set of open houses focusing on the next rapid transit corridor up for study; the Purple line.  Currently, studies regarding the Purple line are at the Alternative Analysis stage.  In this stage planners are evaluating route and vehicle alternatives along with station locations and operating features.  The line will run east to west, presumably from Lawrence to Eagle Creek.  With those two key destinations in mind, planners are deciding between running the line via 38th street or 30th street.  The 38th street corridor seems like the more obvious choice of...
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Indy Connect News: Purple Line Open Houses Announced

Indy Connect News: Purple Line Open Houses Announced
Fresh off the mass transit victory in the statehouse, Indy Connect along with Indy Go and the Metropolitan Planning Organization are moving forward with their assessment of the 5 rapid transit lines planned for Indianapolis.  Last year’s open houses focused on the Red, Blue, and Green lines.  Now, organizers are setting their sites on the Purple line and are excited to receive your input for one of Indy’s most highly traveled corridors.  The Purple line will go from Lawrence to Eagle Creek via 38th street.  The goal of the meetings is to determine the best alternative mode, either...
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Moving Forward with BRT

Moving Forward with BRT
Now that SEA 176, better known as the mass transit bill, has been signed into law, the real work begins for transit advocates to push support for the Indy Connect plan.  As we all know, SEA 176 prohibits light rail.  It does not, however, prohibit heavy rail or commuter rail.  But that’s another post for another time.  The only alternatives studied by mass transit planners were light rail and bus rapid transit.  Therefore, to complement the plan’s enhanced regular bus system, the five proposed rapid transit routes will be bus rapid transit (BRT).   BRT, as defined by the National BRT...
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Finally…..Mass Transit Bill Passed

Finally…..Mass Transit Bill Passed
Last night, the Indiana General Assembly closed the 2014 session by passing SB176, otherwise known as the central Indiana mass transit bill.  After being scaled back, stripped, and amended here and there, an effort three years in the making now heads to Governor Pence for final approval before being placed on the ballot this fall for local voter approval.  Voters will finally have the option of approving an income tax increase, of anywhere between 0.1 and 0.25 percent, to help cover the operating costs of expanded transit in their counties.  The following counties are eligible for participation...
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Next Train…..Going Nowhere

Next Train…..Going Nowhere
Mass transit in central Indiana took one-half step forward, and what some might say one-fourth of a step back.  The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee approved a bill that would allow for expanded mass transit in Marion, Hamilton, Johnson, Delaware, Madison, and now Hancock counties.  The funding structure proposed by last year’s Summer Transit Study Committee is what helped the bill get passed this time.  Voters in each county would have to approve an income tax increase of anywhere from 0.1 to 0.25 of a percent increase, which would fund 65 percent of the operating costs.  Corporations...
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