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UPDATE: Expected Timeline for Transit at the City-County Council

UPDATE: Expected Timeline for Transit at the City-County Council
After passing the referendum in Indianapolis with relative ease, the mass transit issue now moves to the City-County Council, which is first introduced tonight at 7 pm @ the City County Building. Here is the tentative schedule: 1/9–Introduced at council meeting and assigned to Rules & Public Policy Committee (7pm Assembly Room) 1/30 at 7pm for public testimony to the whole council 2/1–hearing at Municipal Corporation Committee (5:30pm Room 260) 2/21–official advertised public hearing and vote by Rules Committee (5:30pm Room 260) 2/27–full council votes on final adoption...
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Election Day Volunteer Opportunities

Election Day Volunteer Opportunities
Transit Drives Indy has opportunities for volunteers on Election Day, November 8th. Sign up on their website to attend a polling place in Marion County. NOTE: I have turned off comments on this post.   Social Media
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Mobilizing in Support for Mass Transit

Mobilizing in Support for Mass Transit
The next month will be absolutely critical for supporters of Indianapolis Transit. First, they need to pass the budget for 2017. The budget didn’t clear a Committee Hearing last month in a surprise move. Fortunately there is still time to save the budget, with a hearing scheduled at the full Council next Monday at 7pm at the City-County Building. Supporters of transit are encouraged to attend, starting across the street at the City Market at 6:30 pm. Attendees will be provided a Transit Drives Indy t-shirt. Also, there are now finally yard signs in support of the Transit Expansion Plan to...
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The Cultural Trail in front of Conrad Hotel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

The Cultural Trail in front of Conrad Hotel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
The crown jewel in our city’s livable infrastructure, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has been cited in almost every publication or promotional piece. Most recently, it was mentioned in The Vogue magazine. But there is one half of a block where it basically stops in deference to a hotel’s valet parking zone. The Conrad has insisted that it is trying to be a good neighbor, but that it has no choice but to use this zone for vehicles. A few weeks ago, this was the hilariously sad scene: After seeing this photo, I tweeted out a joke that they might as well host a tailgate party on the remaining...
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Remixing East 52nd Street

Remixing East 52nd Street
The running center turn lane on East 52nd Street (and many other streets around town) is a monument to traffic engineering winning over everything else: This configuration has bugged me for years. There is an unprotected bike lane, yes, but also a very narrow sidewalk with poles in the middle of it. I decided to see what else could be done with only 48 feet of right-of-way width, as shown below: There’s a great tool for this task on the web called Streetmix. It enables citizens to imagine different street configurations. There were a number of constraints that I worked with: 10 foot travel lane...
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