Here you'll find past and upcoming panels, articles, stories, news, and more.
"In the [Wall Street Journal] interview, Mr. Buttigieg said an infrastructure package could drive job growth, as proponents of road and bridge building usually do. But he also noted a shift occurring at local-government levels, where mayors and county officials have begun to embrace projects to reimagine streetscapes and return some urban and suburban zones to pedestrians and other transportation modes, shifting away from a focus on cars. That has included, he said, some projects to tear down or alter highways built during previous eras of infrastructure investment that are now seen as harmful to their surrounding communities."
August 8, 2022
The study proposed by the RiverRail Task Force is a long overdue obligation of the South Bend City Government. The City government's favorite planning firm, Torti Gallas, presented a detailed plan to develop the Lincolnway West. Torti Gallas called specifically for a "modern streetcar" route along Lincolnway to attract private investment to generate the jobs, housing, businesses — and tax base — that can transform that deserving community. It's long past time for the City to act. The proposed modern streetcar study is sitting on the Mayor's desk.
June 7, 2021
The RiverRail Task Force appears on Michiana News Channel and describes the major impact that modern streetcar systems have had in other cities and towns all across the country.
October 26, 2021
"Thank you for a very generous meeting and discussion on the next step toward the employment of a modern streetcar as a tool for growth and development of the larger South Bend – Mishawaka - Notre Dame community. The purpose of this memo is to share ideas with you for a clear path for the Modern streetcar as well as to follow up on our requests for your leadership and the City of South Bend’s funding of the Feasibility Study."
May 25, 2021
A significant investment in transit infrastructure has led to some major development in cities like Portland, Tucson, New Orleans, and Atlanta. One local group believes it could have a similar impact in South Bend and has prepared plans for a Streetcar project that could connect major attractions.
April 2, 2021
The time is ripe for the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, the University of Notre Dame and St. Joseph County to unite in transforming our area into Indiana’s first transit-oriented community.
July 28, 2021
River Park enjoys strong neighborhood and business groups that have engaged positively with the The RiverRail Task Force. See the attached video produced by local leaders in the neighborhood.
May 13, 2021
16 News Now tells us why The RiverRail Task Force says an electric streetcar will add much more to this community than just public transportation.
What are they waiting for?
The RiverRail Task Force is continuing its grassroots campaign in neighborhoods crossed by the proposed modern streetcar study routes. Formal letters of support for the RiverRail Study shared in this article include the Northeast Neighborhood Council Board and River Park Neighborhood Association Board.
Let's face facts:
South Bend and the other communities in “Toll Road Counties” have already seen nearly five billion dollars taken from Toll Road revenues over the past few years to mostly go to other parts of Indiana. Now, as Hoosiers, we want our roads everywhere to be safe and convenient, but how much longer to the people of South Bend and Mishawaka have to see dollars from Washington, DC and our very own Toll Road spread mostly elsewhere in the state, but for a small percentage.
2020 Demographic Report of Lincolnway West
A Lincoln Way West 2020 Demographic Report by Matthew L. Sisk, Ph.D., is a high-level assessment of some key 2020 Census indicators of racial and housing characteristics of the "LincolnwayWest" Corridor (LWW) of South Bend. Of course, folks who reside in the corridor and those who represent it know better than anyone about its development challenges and wonderful opportunities.
INDOT, Purdue to develop wireless electric vehicle charging solution for highway infrastructure
"The Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University have announced plans to develop the world’s first contactless wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment. The project will use innovative magnetizable concrete – developed by German startup Magment GmbH – enabling wireless charging of electric vehicles as they drive."
May 20, 2021
It's time to stop thinking about transportation planning as a commodity. Transportation is a public utility just like water
The summit featured short keynotes explaining important basic concepts, and three separate deep dives on promoting more equity in housing and land use, why strong Black and Brown businesses are key to neighborhood vitality, and how to right the wrongs of past damaging transportation decisions and promote restorative justice.
March 9, 2021
Pete Buttigieg: One month into my Washington job, I see South Bend everywhere
"The importance of transportation was reflected in the priorities of my time in office, from Smart Streets to enhancing rail service to Chicago, from working with Transpo to supporting our airport’s successful pursuit of international status."
March 18, 2021
Buttigieg: Biden Plan Will Usher in a New Transportation Era
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says an infrastructure plan expected soon from President Joe Biden will offer a “once in a century” opportunity to remake transportation in the United States, with cars and highways no longer king.
September 24, 2021
Indy city leaders are moving to the future… and South Bend isn’t even at the starting line! Tell the Mayor of South Bend to step up to the challenge!
"The transit-oriented development overlay recently approved by the city has the potential to be the most transformative decision for Indy since Unigov. The TOD overlay, which goes into effect at the end of the year, is an amendment to the city’s Consolidated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance. In this case, TOD is much more than popular urban design lingo. And the benefits the overlay amendment can offer go far beyond specific transit vehicles, lanes or operations."
March 26, 2021
Tax credits in hand, INHP focuses on affordable single-family homes
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership has become one of the busiest developers of single-family houses in the city, using nearly $15 million in tax credits to build nearly 50 properties in central neighborhoods—with dozens more on the way.
May 10, 2021
Rebirth of the Streetcar
Two centuries ago, before anyone had the idea of laying rails on the ground so wheels could run swiftly and smoothly over them, nobody could travel faster than they or a horse could walk, or a boat could sail. Then came trains and streetcars, and everybody’s world suddenly seemed smaller.
March 26, 2021
Why the Modern American Streetcar is the Wheelchair Accessible Transportation We Need
Many historic streetcar, tram and trolley systems have offered limited accessibility, due to their high-floor rolling stock and stations/stops that were produced well over a century before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. Adapting outdated transportation infrastructure is a time-consuming and costly process, and many cities have still not made their streetcars and subways fully accessible to disabled people.