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Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later

Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later
This morning I was cleaning up some files on my work computer, and I came across a map that I found of the old streetcar network from 1923. I linked this image back in 2008, but it’s worth revisiting again: At my workplace, I was able to work on this file a little bit, and I created a shapefile of the network as faithfully as I could:   Basically, if I was unsure about the actual routes, I’d follow the roads in places where I could find historic mixed-use buildings in the city. The businesses located in these buildings often relied on their locations next to the streetcars, so I...
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PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line

PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line
It’s an almost daily occurrence to spot drivers who stop well past the stop line. Most of the time, the drivers could easily stop before the line, but they ease on out past it anyways. These simple stop lines actually can have more than one function. They can give safe passage for pedestrians in the crosswalk and enable a safe turning radius for buses.  Usually the car that is past the line will have to back up anyways to make room for the bus, adding yet another element of danger. I’ve had to walk out into intersections on numerous occasions downtown.  The driver is usually looking left...
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IndyGo’s Route Changes: Part II

IndyGo’s Route Changes: Part II
This is a follow up to Thursday’s post on IndyGo’s proposed route changes. I believe these images contain all of the rest of the changes, although I could be missing something.  Apologies for the poor photos, the lighting in The Hall is challenging. Here’s a brief summary of some of the major changes shown above: St. Vincent will go past Butler’s Campus. Shelby will travel down Virginia. Route 5 is split in half and the western portion becomes route 6. Route 8 stays on Washington Street downtown instead of heading north to Ohio. The Red Line circulator has been...
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IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview

IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview
This morning, I was able to visit The Hall to view the Indygo route changes, which are set to come next year with the opening of the new Transit Center. I took some photos of the posterboards that are on display, but they are better seen in person. According to IndyGo on twitter, these changes will be online next Monday. First, a look at how the transit center will work. Most of this is actually self-explanatory: The downtown bus loop will be eliminated, affording more direct routes, and potentially shaving a few minutes off of the time the buses spend in the downtown area: Proposed midday frequency...
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White River Trail

White River Trail
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to ride my bicycle on the newest portion of the White River Trail. According to the city’s link, this trail extends from 30th Street to the Indianapolis Zoo, but the southern extension to Raymond Street has actually been completed for months. It already shows up on Google Maps (pan down a few frames to find the extension). The trail is a great opportunity to play tourist in your own town, featuring panoramic views of the downtown skyline. There are nice historical markers in place that were designed by the late Eric Fulford. Most of the ride is quite...
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