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Transit & the High Cost of Auto Orientation in Indy

Transit & the High Cost of Auto Orientation in Indy
  Final vote meeting details: February 27: Full-council meeting – vote on final adoption (7:00 p.m. in Public Assembly Room) I want to first call your attention to contacting your city councilor, especially if you live in a district where your councilor hasn’t made up his or her mind yet about the transit plan. Tell them that we need this transit improvement plan and that now is the time. We can’t afford to wait another tens years to start improving our mass transit in this city. There’s no doubt that in Indy, we love the automobile. There are many times when a car is a...
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IndyGo’s 2012 budget is $6 million short

IndyGo’s 2012 budget is $6 million short
Another year, another round of budget shortfalls. The same old story for IndyGo, Indianapolis’ municipal transit provider. For the 2012 fiscal year, the short fall is expected to be $6.4 million short. At the core of the issue is existing funding sources drying up vs rising costs to do business mostly in the form of employee health care and gasoline expenses. Indeed, IndyGo has to fight for the same reasons that the Indianapolis Library system does. The recently passed property tax caps have put all taxpayer funded programs in a pinch this year. So, what do we do? According to a story in the...
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IURC approves water lease; $425m for infrastructure

IURC approves water lease; $425m for infrastructure
On July 13th, 2011, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the lease of the water utility to Citizen’s Energy. While this has been debated vigorously over the past year and a half locally, what it means is that when it goes through, over $425 million will become available to put towards Rebuild Indy; a program that I have given praise to as well as been highly critical of. The crux of why I have been critical, is that none of this money has thus far been diverted, at least in principal, to addressing our horrendous transit situation. Indeed, Indyconnect has done much to address this...
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ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns

ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns
NUVO’s Austin Considine* wrote an interesting article regarding the Mayor’s pick for the proposed parking system – Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS).  In addition to concerns related to ACS’s ties to Republican leadership in the state and a few privacy blunders, one sticky past project of ACS is causing concern among critics. Given the long-term nature of this contract, it’s a good time to consider the Mayor’s choice with care and seriousness. Remember when the Indiana government contracted with IBM and ACS to privatize aspects of the Family and Social Services...
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Parking Proposals & Multi-Space Meter Dreams

As you may have read, the hourly rate for parking in downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple might change after the city finalizes new management contracts. The current rate – a whopping 75-cent hourly rate – may be raised to $1.00 or $1.50 per hour. Some ballyhoo has ensued in talk-back comments or maybe even in your Facebook stream. But this rate increase is only a small piece of the city’s larger plan to cut costs in the management of city-owned parking and to create one central bidding system for vendors who are interested in doing that management. Why a new process now? Mayor...
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