Posts Tagged ‘Indianapolis’

Hayes to Present at Hoosier Traction Meet

March 27, 2017

Former Akron Railroad Club member Blaine Hayes will be among the presenters at the 34th annual Hoosier Traction Meet on Sept. 8-9 in Indianapolis.

Hayes will present a program titled Cleveland Trackless Trolleys.

The event is being held at the Clarion Hotel, 2930 Waterfront Parkway West Drive.

This year’s event will feature free exhibits that will be open on Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibitors will on display items illustrating the principles and nature of mass transportation systems: photos, books, miniature models, timetables and other collectibles.

The presentations will be given in a 150-seat auditorium with audio-visual presentations of live narration and photographs.

Sessions are expected to run from an hour to an hour and a half with 20 to 30 minute breaks between sessions.

Tickets for the presentations are $40 at the door or $19.50 if purchased before August 25.

Presenters include: Ed Conrad, Union Traction – Union Electric interurban; Andy Maginnis. The Philadelphia (Transit) Story; George Gula, Two Keystone Interurbans: Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton and the Northern Electric; Paul Grether, The Return of Cincinnati Streetcars; Richard Aaron, Toronto; Ken Schramm, Michigan’s Detroit United Railway Operations; Tom McNamara, Cincinnati Transit in Transition from Streetcars to Trackless; Charles Bogart, Current Transit Industry News; Bob Olson, Not Just Your Average Garden Variety

Backyard Electric Railroad; Leo Sullivan, Trolley Freight and Express in New England.

Indiana Rail Line May Become Trail

February 15, 2017

The rail line used to host the Indiana State Fair train may be pulled up and converted into a trail.

IndianaHamilton County officials are considering abandoning the former Nickel Plate Road branch line and making the right of way a hike and bike path.

The Fair Train, operated by the Indiana Transportation Museum, last operated in 2015 when it carried more than 10,000 passengers.

However, the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, which owns the rail line, would not allow ITM to operate the Fair Train or any other trains on the line in 2016.

The HHPA says that the line needs $5 million in safety investments before it can be used for rail service again.

The line extends from the fairgrounds along 38th Street in Indianapolis northward through Fishers and Noblesville.

The museum is based in Noblesville but in recent years the Fair Train has originated in Fishers.

If built, the trail would be similar to the Monon Trail, which uses a former Monon Railroad right of way that in the 1980s hosted the Fair Train.

Indiana Rail Group Pressuring Indianapolis Officials to Fix Decrepit Union Station

February 9, 2017

The Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance is trying to pressure city officials into taking action to rehabilitate Indianapolis Union Station.

indianaThe facility, which is used by Amtrak and Greyhound, has been described by some rail advocates as a “civic embarrassment.”

The Rail Alliance has invited city leaders to meet with them to discuss how the station can be improved.

IPRA member Bill Malcolm said that the station is unwelcoming, unsightly and even scary.

“If it’s a turnoff to even go into that facility, people are not going to take advantage of it, [they won’t] take their families up to go shopping  . . . because it’s just kind of a frightening place,” Malcolm said.

The city’s department of Metropolitan Development operates the station, which is served by Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal and the Chicago-Indianapolis Hoosier State.

Tally on Regional Transit Ballot Measures

November 11, 2016

In a final tally, the Community Transportation Association of America said that 39 transit-related measures were approved by voters on Tuesday.

That included four that involved only rail transit, 17 that dealt only with bus transit, and 25 that covered both modes. Three measure involved only roads while one was aimed only at ferries. Of the 46 measure involving transit, 16 also affected roads.

The issues that involved public transportation in Ohio and nearby states are summarized below:

INDIANA
Marion County (including Indianapolis) approved a 0.25-percent income tax to raise $56 million per year for improved bus service and new Bus Rapid Transit construction as part of the IndyGo transit improvement program. It passed with 59.3 percent of the vote.

MICHIGAN
Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties (including metro Detroit, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor) voters rejected a measure to levy an additional 1.2 percent property tax to raise $2.9 billion for the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority over 20 years for a Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter rail line and a regional bus rapid transit system. The measure failed by about 18,000 votes with 52.7 percent of Wayne County ( Detroit)  and 56.2 percent in Washtenaw (Ann Arbor) voting yes. However, the measure was turned down in Oakland County (50.09 percent voting no to 49.91 percent yes), and 60.1 percent voting no in Macomb County.

OHIO
• Franklin County (Columbus)  voters renewed a 0.25 percent sales tax for the Central Ohio Transit Authority for 20 years with 72 percent of the vote, which will raise $62 million.
• Lorain County voters rejected a new 0.25 percent sales tax for transportation, with 50 percent of the anticipated $9.9 million annually going to public transit, with 74.2 percent voting no.
• Lucas County (Toledo) voters renewed a 1.5 percent property tax for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority for 10 years with 58.5 percent of the vote.
• Stark County voters renewed a 0.25 percent sales tax for the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority for 10 years with 63.2 percent of the vote.

INRD to Serve New Indy Warehouse

August 22, 2016

Indiana Rail Road and Venture Logistics are set to open a rail-to-truck warehouse in Indianapolis that the companies say represents the first “mega-warehouse” with rail access to be constructed in Marion County in several years.

Indiana Rail Road 2The 406,000-square-foot Venture Rail Warehouse and Distribution Center is located on West Hanna Avenue adjacent to INRD’s mainline and a mile from the intersection of South Harding Street and Interstate 465.

Featuring an indoor rail siding, the facility also has a 32-foot clear ceiling, an 8-inch concrete floor, 58 truck dock doors, and food-grade capability.

Indianapolis-based Venture Logistics operates a fleet of 1,000 semi-tractors and 2,500 trailers.