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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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Real Time Bus Tracking: The Green Line

Real Time Bus Tracking: The Green Line
Urban Indy has been talking about the possibility real-time bus tracking for IndyGo for several years. The newest hope for commuters is a Fall 2014 release date.  However, this morning, The Huffington Post mentioned a company known as DoubleMap that provides real-time bus tracking for IUPUI, Bloomington Transit, and many other systems.  Their online maps are high quality.  Compare IUPUI’s original look to the one that they have now: Another pleasant surprise from DoubleMap is the real-time version of the Green Line Indianapolis Airport bus.  Two years ago I rode the original IndyGo Green...
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Nice Little Things

Nice Little Things
It is often easy to get caught up in big ideas and big money. City, state, and nation-wide investments are all needed to really make an impact. However, recently there have been a few new smaller items that can also improve life for city residents. The first is this little bus stop bench outside the Riley Towers at Alabama and North Street.  This bench obviously requires little space, perfect for potentially cluttered city corners: Second, the Bike Hub at the City Market has installed a bike repair station.  Accessible 24 hours a day, users are free to fix any issues that they might have with their...
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IndyGo to go Interactive

IndyGo to go Interactive
Last week, during the roll-out for the brand new IndyGo line on 86th Street, a very exciting bit of news was mentioned in the IndyStar article on a related subject. Aside from the route changes, IndyGo riders can also expect real-time bus arrival information available through its website, text messaging and a smartphone app later this year, IndyGo officials said. Urban Indy has pushed for this in the past.  We intend to hold them to this promise, as it could be a game changer.  Occurrences like this one could be made less painful if IndyGo were to become more interactive.  We will post again once...
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IndyGo’s Frequency Maps

IndyGo’s Frequency Maps
As one of the premiere transit blogs, Human Transit has been beating the drum of frequency maps for transit.  These maps prioritize how often buses run, where traditional transit maps show each line to be on equal footing.  I had even thought of creating a crude version for IndyGo that features their new lines that have improved bus frequency (which are still not as frequent as they should be, but that’s another story).  However, IndyGo actually has these maps on their website for everyone to view.  The PDF file explaining this can be found at this link.  The maps can be seen there, or...
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