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North & South Plainfield Connector starting weekend service Nov. 07

Workforce demand results in high ridership Demand for transportation to seasonal jobs at Plainfield warehouses is so high that the North & South Plainfield Connector shuttle will begin running weekend service starting Nov. 07 and continue through Jan. 10, 2021. Every weekday and now on Saturday and Sunday, the North & South Plainfield Connector shuttles … read more

CIRTA names John Seber executive director, pledges to work to close mobility gap

The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) board of directors announced today that it has named transit industry veteran John Seber as its executive director. With 28 years of transit experience in both public and private sectors, Seber has worked with transit authorities throughout the country while based in Indianapolis. CIRTA Board Chair Bill Ehret … read more

Whitestown forms Economic Improvement District (EID) to pay for workforce transportation

The Whitestown Town Council last night passed an ordinance to create an Economic Improvement District (EID) to help fund a commuter transportation service.   Property owners within an estimated 2,000-acre area straddling I-65 in Whitestown will pay into a fund that will cover the cost of the Whitestown Connector, which provides service between IndyGo’s northwestern-most … read more

Henneke Appointed to CIRTA Board of Directors

Greg Henneke has been appointed by Mayor Joe Hogsett to the board of directors of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA). Currently senior executive vice president at American Structurepoint, Greg has served in wide-ranging roles, including Indianapolis DPW director and INDOT design division chief, as well as numerous civic engagements, including chairman of the … read more

Central Indiana to celebrate Car Free Day Sept. 21

Residents urged to take online pledge to go car free or car lite Central Indiana residents are encouraged to take part in Car Free Day Indy by taking a bus, biking or walking or by going “car lite” and carpooling or vanpooling on Sept. 21. To sweeten the challenge, Commuter Connect, the region’s rideshare program, … read more

McGee named CIRTA interim director

The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) has named Andrew McGee interim director. McGee, who currently serves as assistant director, will assume his new role following the departure of current executive director Lori Kaplan, who retires July 13. McGee has worked for CIRTA in various capacities since 2011. Prior to that, he worked seven years … read more

Transportation program expands options for people with disabilities

My Freedom helping 300 Central Indiana residents get to work, medical appointments, more Today, citizens with disabilities may qualify for public transit vouchers through CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions’ Way2Go service that allow them to cross county borders, thanks to a new program called My Freedom. My Freedom makes it easier for people with disabilities … read more

Rising gas prices mean commuter match-making service is busy

With gas prices climbing, Commuter Connect is seeing an increase in phone calls and website visits. “Carpooling is an easy way to control what you pay to get to work,” said Andrew McGee, program director of Commuter Connect, a service of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA). “While you can’t change the price of … read more

CIRTA vanpool program expands to Columbus

Employee-recruitment challenges led to service With an unemployment rate that’s even lower than the low 3.7% state average, Columbus, Indiana, businesses are looking for innovative ways to attract employees. The Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) believes vanpools offer one solution, and they’re partnering with CIRTA to see if they can put more vanpools on … read more