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Transportation

Bordering the Indianapolis metropolitan area—and a quick 20-minute drive from the heart of the city—Boone County enjoys a tranquil lifestyle removed from the hustle and bustle of big-city life. This Central Indiana county boasts of a location within a one-day drive of approximately 75 percent of the country. This strategic location, coupled with access to major arterial roadways, rail lines and air service, has continued to be a major draw for prospective residents and businesses.

The availability of several interstates, highways and state roads make convenience of travel a major asset in Boone County. Links to nearby major interstates allow residents throughout Boone County easy access to Indianapolis and beyond. Among the notable thoroughfares winding in and closely around the communities of Boone County are I-74, I-65 and U.S. 421.

While corporate flight and general aviation services are provided through Boone County-based Indianapolis Executive Airport, both business and commercial air service to destinations across the globe are accessible at the new Indianapolis International Airport (IND). Opened in November 2008, the $1.1 billion airport is the result of more than 30 years of planning and today stands as one of the first U.S. airports built and opened since the 9/11 attacks. On average, approximately 8.15 million domestic and international passengers and 1.1 million tons of cargo come through IND annually. In addition to the 11 passenger carriers offering 155 daily departures to 37 nonstop destinations, IND is home to the second-largest Federal Express hub in the world and ranks as the nation’s eighth-largest cargo facility.

Local public transportation is available through the Boone Area Transit System (BATS), a service that was created for all Boone County residents. “Statistics show there is a great need for public transportation in Boone County, as in many counties around the state,” says Cindy Elliott, Director of Transportation Services at Boone County Senior Services, Inc. “For the elderly, it is a way for them to continue to remain independent in their own homes. As for the rest of the population, there are those without vehicles or drivers licenses that need to get to work, the grocery store, child care centers, schools, etc.” BATS, comprised of 15 cars and vans, operates Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Instituted in November 2004, Central Indiana Commuter Services (CICS) has become an integral voice in the region when it comes to the promotion of alternative modes of transportation. Carpooling, vanpooling, bus use, biking and walking are among the options encouraged by CICS. This is a federally funded program, therefore rendering services free of charge. CICS offers carpool and vanpool matching services, the Emergency Ride Home program, and assistance for employers looking to incorporate a carpooling/vanpooling program for employees. “About 7,600 Central Indiana commuters in a nine-county area are either already using an alternative mode of transportation or seeking out other people to carpool to work with,” explains Andrew McGee, Outreach Representative from CICS. “This service helps people save money on their commute, reduces their stress level, and allows them to take part in helping reduce congestion and air pollution.”

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