New bus service from Indianapolis to add value to tenants of Lebanon Business Park, Lebanon, IN

[GBP Note:  Providing transportation alternatives are a great way for business and industrial parks to add value for existing tenants as well as a way to attract new tenants.  Of course, it also reduces the carbon footprint of the park.  This article is an example of long-distance & reverse commute transportation since the Lebanon Business Park is nearly 30 miles from downtown Indianapolis.]

As posted in Indiana Economic Digest

Local agency seeks funds to bus workers to Boone County
7/17/2012 11:12:00 AM
Rod Rose, Lebanon Reporter Assistant Managing Editor

If state funding can be obtained, Marion County residents who work in the Lebanon Business Park may be able to ride a bus to their jobs — and Boone County residents may be able to take a bus to their jobs in Marion County.

Sue Ritz, executive director of Boone County Senior Services, which operates the Boone Area Transit System, said Friday she’s preparing an application for a Job Access and Reverse Commute grant from the state. The application isn’t due until Aug. 17, she said, and a decision isn’t likely to be received until November.

“It would be an awesome thing to have happen,” Ritz said.

Two companies in the business park approached her for help in bringing workers to Lebanon, she said. There’s a pool of potential employees who have said they don’t have reliable private transportation.

Hachette Book Group and Gander Mountain, which both have distribution centers at Lebanon Business Park, told Ritz they have 150 temporary employees whom they would like to make full time, but can’t, because the workers have transportation issues.

Helping more workers find a way to get to jobs in Boone County might benefit the economy here, she said.

If the grant is approved, a bus would leave from downtown Indianapolis and stop somewhere in the business park. Ritz said she’s talked to Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis about having a bus stop in the vicinity of the soon-to-be-demolished Quality Inn on Indiana 39 just south of Interstate 65. It’s too early for any decision on that idea, she said. “We’d do a morning commute and an afternoon commute,” Ritz said.

Full Article: Local agency seeks funds to bus workers to Boone County
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