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Old 04-29-2015, 05:43 AM
 
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The Fishers train station was demolished but the loading platform remains and a new "station" of sorts is being incorporated into the building that is being build there now. There will be a sort of courtyard in the middle of the building that will allow access to the train line without going through or around the building.

I believe the law does forbid light rail but I believe Fishers and Noblesville found a loophole in that the law explicitly states light rail. So they could use heavier rail. Last talk I heard was removing the tracks and making that line BRT as well.
This is good to know. Yeah, when I saw the "light rail" ban I thought to myself as well about the possibility of heavy rail (which I think would be better anyway with the already existing tracks). However, I did see a plan for the tracks to be removed and the line made into a BRT line only. This would cost substantially less and would be a new concept for this region (as far as a completely removed BRT-only line. However, I do see some issues (people using the route as a walking/jogging/running path as well. I would prefer rail though.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:26 AM
 
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This is good to know. Yeah, when I saw the "light rail" ban I thought to myself as well about the possibility of heavy rail (which I think would be better anyway with the already existing tracks). However, I did see a plan for the tracks to be removed and the line made into a BRT line only. This would cost substantially less and would be a new concept for this region (as far as a completely removed BRT-only line. However, I do see some issues (people using the route as a walking/jogging/running path as well. I would prefer rail though.
Either way, new construction and right-of-way are needed. If they do rail, I've heard there are sections that need to be replaced, plus the current line pretty much ends south of 38th St. And a second parallel set of tracks is needed to be efficient with more than one train at a time. If they go BRT, they have to tear out the existing track and widen it essentially into a 2-lane road. Either way, it will be a process.
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