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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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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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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.  However,...
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Bus Rapid Transit: The Red Line

Bus Rapid Transit: The Red Line
Yesterday, Indy Connect made a big splash on local media with the public announcement of a $2 million dollar grant for engineering along the proposed Red Line from Carmel to Greenwood.  This post intends to give a quick rundown of the information that we know, as well as provide the public a peek into how the buses will be run.  First, the links from local media: Indianapolis Business Journal IndyStar WTHR WISH WRTV Next, a link to the pdf document released from the city.  Some highlights below: That last image is interesting, because it displays a new technology that has been demonstrated in...
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