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Indy Transit: Green Line

The Green Line is maybe the most interesting line that’s been proposed. One one hand, it’s basically the same as the Fishers commuter bus that’s been quite successful. On the other, there are areas in the middle that aren’t as obvious. And it’s the one line that might be most likely as a rail system. So let’s look at it more closely.

The Green Line is slated to start in Nobelsville, run through Fishers and Castleton, near the State Fair Grounds, and terminate downtown. Looking at the map, it’s clear that commuter service is the reason for the Green Line; it’ll succeed or fail based on whether suburban residents on the east side of Hamilton County use it to get to work downtown. There are probably some good counter-commute possibilities for urban residents to get to commercial and retail jobs up north, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by cisko

24 January 2013 at 07:20

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Indy Transit: System Design

Indianapolis seems to have dozens of large and small developments that are changing the development of the city for the better. One that I’ve been watching pretty closely has been the planning around mass transit. We’re getting close to a point where we might actually be able to make something happen, so I wanted to take a closer look at the current proposal.

Indy Connect (and the Indianapolis MPO) have been working on rapid transit plans for some time. But 2013 will be a key year in the process. The legislative goal is to get the state to allow a referendum — to allow local voters the chance to decide whether to invest in rapid transit. As part of that, Indy Connect is publicizing current planning efforts, and developing specific plans for a few proposed routes. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by cisko

22 January 2013 at 09:47

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