From the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization | April 25, 2019
NEW: Crash Data Dashboard
The Indianapolis MPO has created its first public dashboard, displaying fatal and serious injury crashes in the region from 2015 to 2017. It also shows whether the victim was a vehicle occupant, cyclist, or pedestrian, and results can be filtered to each member municipality within the region. Learn more.
IndyStar: Is Indianapolis Housing Actually Affordable?
The Indianapolis Star took a dive into the challenges and opportunities facing the current housing market in the region. The article specifically mentions a Household Preferences telephone survey, which the MPO funded in 2018. Learn more.
From the Director: Riding Scooters in Central Indiana
Indianapolis MPO Director Anna Gremling created a video to share some tips on how to ride, and look out for, dockless scooter riders in the region. Watch the video here.
WFYI: Pacer Bikeshare Celebrates 5 Years
The Indiana Pacers Bikeshare is celebrating its fifth year in Indianapolis! They will be expanding their service area, rolling out 23 more stations this summer. This expansion is partially funded with $960,000 in federal funding from the Indianapolis MPO. Listen to the WFYI interview here.
INDOT: Watch Out for Lane Closures on South Side of I-65 This Summer
INDOT Crews will be shutting down one side of I-65 every weekend from April 26th through August to repair winter damage. The release also has a map and rough schedule of when certain parts of the highway will be closed. Learn more.
Staff Spotlight: Andrew Swenson, Data Planner
Andrew Swenson grew up in the Quad Cities’ Moline, Illinois, an industrial town that is home to John Deere’s international headquarters. That’s where he first rode public transit, using the “pretty good bus system,” before going on to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to study economics. He discovered a passion for planning during his last year as an undergraduate, moving to Indianapolis after earning his master’s in urban planning. Here’s some Q&A so you can get to know him better.
Community singing as a member of my church choir the Indianapolis Arts Chorale. I also enjoy a form of German vocal art music called lieder, and I enjoy listening to Latin, bluegrass and jazz (both ragtime and jazz-fusion) and pipe organ music.

Favorite author, musician, actor or pro athlete?
Author: Philip Gulley (fiction and non-fiction)
Musician: Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Leo Kottke
Actor: Tom Hanks, Robert Duvall, Sally Field
Pro athlete: Ernie Banks, John Wooden, Walter Payton
Heroes growing up?
Albert Schweitzer, a theologian, musician, and missionary doctor. I became aware of him because my grandfather was a family doctor with an interest in religion and music. Schweitzer was very accomplished in every one of his endeavors, made himself useful to others, and used as a guiding principal, a concept he called a “Reverence for Life”.
Favorite place to visit or vacation?
I enjoy water, so beaches, especially isolated beaches, are my favorites.
Most underappreciated aspect of planning?
Understanding how much development and what type of development we can afford in the long run.

If you could wave a wand and improve Central Indiana infrastructure, what would you do?
I would provide sub-pavement drainage for every road. Indy is a swamp.

If you could change one thing about the way Indianapolis has grown over the years, what would it be?
I would have focused on rebuilding Indianapolis’ county roads into urban roads with sidewalk and proper drainage infrastructure and would have worked harder to get higher density. I think the urban flight of the ’70s and ’80s pretty much made that work impossible.
Check out the  MPO's Calendar  for upcoming meeting dates of the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council and its Committees. All locations are accessible by public transportation.

  • Administrative Committee - April 26, at 8:30am at IndyGo, 1501 West Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
  • Technical Committee - May 8, at 9am at MIBOR Realtor Association, 1912 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • Policy Committee - May 22, at 9am at MIBOR Realtor Association, 1912 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202