Transportation and Infrastructure

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The Indiana Department of Transportation Wednesday provided the State Budget Committee with a sobering look at the state’s future infrastructure maintenance costs. 

Indiana’s bridges were built to last 75 years -- and half are at least 50 years old. 

INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning says about 7-percent are in what he calls “poor condition” – not that they’re unsafe, just that it will cost a lot to fix them. 

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Amtrak could maintain operations of the passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago after negotiations broke down this weekend between the Indiana Department of Transportation and prospective operator Corridor Capital.

Amtrak has a contract to provide daily service on the Hoosier State Line through Jan. 31. INDOT was looking to Corridor Capital to take over after that in hopes it could improve service on the line, which has consistently operated in the red.

Halloween Marks 20th Anniversary Of Roselawn Plane Crash

Oct 31, 2014
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This Halloween marks 20 years since the crash of an American Airlines plane near the town of Roselawn. 68 people died in that crash, and many of their relatives gathered in Merrillville Thursday to honor their memories.

The twin-engine turbo-prop was en route to Chicago from Indianapolis in wet, cold weather, and unusually-heavy icing was determined to be the underlying cause.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette officials say road repair projects that have slowed traffic near the Purdue campus should be complete by fall of 2015.

Public Works Director Dave Buck expects the rebuilding and repaving of Cumberland Avenue between Salisbury Street and Soldiers Home Road to be done by the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

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Ridership on the Hoosier State Rail Line dropped nearly eight-percent over the last year, while ticket revenues declined more than ten-percent.

Ridership on Amtrak lines across the country rose in the last fiscal year, which ended in September.  But on the Hoosier State Line, which runs from Chicago to Indianapolis, ridership fell by nearly 3,000 people, down to just less than 34,000. 

And ticket revenues dropped nearly $100,000, settling at a little more than $800,000 last year. 

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Amtrak executives embarked on a whistle-stop campaign from Indianapolis to Chicago Wednesday, pushing for the state to fund the Hoosier State rail line and pushing the state’s preferred operator, Corridor Capital, to be more communicative.

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The private company which operates the Indiana Toll Road is filing for bankruptcy today.

ITR Concession Company is the operating arm of a Spanish-Australian consortium which paid nearly $4 billion for a 75-year lease on the Toll Road in 2006.

The lease says Indiana gets the road back if ITR is unable to fulfill its responsibility, but the company says the Chapter 11 filing won‘t affect road operations.

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Governor Mike Pence is noncommittal on whether Indiana will support the future of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line with state dollars.  Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pence shifted responsibility to local communities along the line that runs between Chicago and Indianapolis.

Federal funding for the Hoosier State Line was cut off last year.  The state and local communities along the line reached a temporary funding agreement that keeps the route running through October. 

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