Indiana to double rails-trails network

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

A purchase of more than 150 miles of abandoned rail line will nearly double Indiana's network of rail-trail corridors in the state, Gov.

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Since: Mar 07

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Dec 4, 2007
 
Before the haters get in here, I just want to say this is fantastic. If any of these counties develop something like the Monon Trail, it will be a great benefit for its residents.
Dale Fisher

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Dec 4, 2007
 
Another huge waste of money for a stupid walking project, when the money should be spent on updating the state's infrastructure.
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Dec 4, 2007
 
Great News!
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#4
Dec 4, 2007
 
Indiana has been behind Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois in its' rails to trails. This is long over due.
Dale Fisher is an Idiot

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#5
Dec 4, 2007
 
Dale you are probably, given your attitude, one of those people who help make Indiana the 5th fattest state in the country, or at least having enough health issues that you contribute to the rise in insurance rates here. In places which are rated as the healthiest, trails as described in the article are commonplace. It is a way of transportation not just for recreational runners, bikers, bladers, etc, but a way to commute (as it is safer consider that you are probably one of those A**H***S who think cyclists don't belong on the streets. I am a lot more people think it is a great idea. If you don't like it, leave and go back to the hole you crawled out of
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Dec 4, 2007
 
I've heard this before and not just from Gov. Daniels. I highly doubt this information is true since it cost around $1,000,000 for every mile of trail that is developed. Where is that money coming from? Also, if he really is doing this then why isn't an extensive trail system being developed throughout Marion county? That would be much more useful.
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Dec 4, 2007
 
Thank you Governor Daniels. I strongly support this effort and others like it to bring opportunity to Indiana and develop this state as a good place to live and work.
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#9
Dec 4, 2007
 
I'm Mr. Econ and I like this. Sometiems making your state a ncie place to live in is an intelligent investment itself.
Try using your brain

Indianapolis, IN

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Dec 4, 2007
 
I doubt it wrote:
I've heard this before and not just from Gov. Daniels. I highly doubt this information is true since it cost around $1,000,000 for every mile of trail that is developed. Where is that money coming from? Also, if he really is doing this then why isn't an extensive trail system being developed throughout Marion county? That would be much more useful.
Maybe because not everyone in Indiana lives in Marion County! And to Dale. Did you know that some of the new trail system will also be delivery systems for high speed telecommunications and utilities? No probably not, you just want to be a hater.
abe

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#11
Dec 4, 2007
 
So this what "Our" man Mitch meant when he said he was going to cut spending. What a clown!
Not all like Monon

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#12
Dec 4, 2007
 
Most Rails-Trails are not as extensive and developed as the Monon. That is probabaly where the million dollar per mile figures in. Go to Bloomington and look at their rails to trails. It is a mix of paved, gravel and just grass walking trails to enjoy nature and burn a few calories. It definately increases the quality of life and I think this will be fantastic! Although, I agree with one poster that I was hoping many of these rail corridors someday (even though most of the spurs are gone) that it could be the land for a monorail or other mass transit service.
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Dec 4, 2007
 
Dale Fisher wrote:
Another huge waste of money for a stupid walking project, when the money should be spent on updating the state's infrastructure.
This IS infrastructure. I'd rather get from point A to B on a trail than in a car where I burn fuel and get zero exercise. It would actually be a big improvement to turn 465 into a trail and eliminate traffic. Probably move faster at rush hour, too.
Local landlord

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#14
Dec 4, 2007
 
Against it. I thought we were done with greenways. No state money should be allocated. We're trying to cut the budget. Indiana has plenty of trails. Go in any park. People who feel strongly for it should raise the money themselves by private donation for purchase and development of trails.
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#17
Dec 4, 2007
 
See http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/planning/trails... .

There are a lot of charitable contributions towards the rails-to-trails initiative, not only by by individuals but by corporations. And the 1 million for every mile sounds steep (not saying you are wrong though). Also, there is federal funding available for such projects (and Mitch does know his way around the politics of Washington)
I doubt it wrote:
I've heard this before and not just from Gov. Daniels. I highly doubt this information is true since it cost around $1,000,000 for every mile of trail that is developed. Where is that money coming from? Also, if he really is doing this then why isn't an extensive trail system being developed throughout Marion county? That would be much more useful.
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#18
Dec 4, 2007
 
The Monon Trail? Ever heard of it?
I doubt it wrote:
I've heard this before and not just from Gov. Daniels. I highly doubt this information is true since it cost around $1,000,000 for every mile of trail that is developed. Where is that money coming from? Also, if he really is doing this then why isn't an extensive trail system being developed throughout Marion county? That would be much more useful.
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#19
Dec 4, 2007
 
Don't get me wrong, i love trails, but with all the noise about cutting government spending, i don't see this as a priority.

Everyone once their taxes cut, we need to start cutting services.
Too Bad

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#20
Dec 4, 2007
 
We can't take trains into Indianapolis
MrRightNow

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#21
Dec 4, 2007
 
I have mixed feelings: yes, this is a great development for walkers, bikers, roller-bladers, etc. It is very important that we Hoosiers have every opportunity to get off our a$$e$ and get in shape. However, what will we do when we need the corridors in the future for high-speed rail when it becomes too expensive to drive everywhere we want to go. Similar to the provision of cheap agriculture land to developers so they can build out our suburbs (exburbs), when in all liklihood we will need that farmland in the future to feed us.
is the leadership in this state even considering future alternative uses, or are they simply making decisions that make them look good in the interim? hmmmm....

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Since: Dec 06

Madison, IN

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#22
Dec 4, 2007
 
pretty cool as long as it is local. I really think that the land was probably given to the rail roads by the government. They should give it back! As it is the rail companies have all sorts of costs associated with the land we would be doing them a favor taking it back.
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#23
Dec 4, 2007
 
You're an idiot....Yeah, I know...easy for me to say that. You really don't even deserve any reply at all.........
listenup wrote:
THIS IS TYPICAL FAILED REPUBLICIAN RELIGION RULE.
WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM, IS IT FROM THE TAX INCREASE DITCH MITCH IS FORCING ON THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF INDIANA.
DITCH MITCH NEEDS TO STAND DOWN.
ALL CHURCH SATUS SHOULD BE DENIED TO ALL CHURCHES.
DITCH MITCH STILL REFUSES TO ACCOUNT FOR THE MISSING MONEY.
DITCH MITCH IS STILL USING STOLEN MONEY TO CAMPAIGN.
THE FAILED REPUBLICIAN RELIGION PORK IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THE TAXPAYERS OF THE STATE OF INDIANA.

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