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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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Winterizing Transit

Winterizing Transit
Today’s chill in the air tells us that the seasons are shifting, and soon Indianapolis will be in the midst of another winter. The winter season also brings about a tougher experience for Indy’s transit riders.  Poor route frequency, inadequate sidewalks, and few shelters all combine to make transit riding more difficult in the winter months.  Curt Ailes will soon have a post on some of the upcoming specific changes in these areas, but I thought I would talk about some of the positives of bus riding in the winter.  The first three are geared towards people who already travel by car, but...
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Public Hearing for proposed IndyGo service Increase – 11/7

Public Hearing for proposed IndyGo service Increase – 11/7
We received a press release from IndyGo with some additional details regarding the proposed increases in service and modifications to existing services. INDIANAPOLIS, IND (October 30, 2012) – On October 15, 2012, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved the proposed 2013 IndyGo budget which includes additional operating revenue for service enhancements. Changes to IndyGo service could include more frequent and added service, the addition of a new route and more direct routing.  “We applaud the council for their support of IndyGo,” says Mike Terry, president and CEO of IndyGo. “With the...
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