Indianapolis is not going to buy the deserted BlueIndy charging stations. The choice comes after an evaluation of reuse prospects.
The electrical automotive sharing program ended operations this yr, leaving 89 charging stations across the metropolis. After a request for data and an infrastructure evaluation, town says the above floor stations can’t present possible reuse prospects.
As a substitute town will have interaction communities on potential reuse methods that would embody beneath floor electrical, stated Coverage Advisor MacKenzie Higgins.
“We’ve all the time been intentional about desirous to be attentive to neighborhood want, be nuanced in our evaluation and actually react to the context of the precise web site,” Higgins stated.
Concepts which were floated embody e-bikes, different electrical transportation alternate options or placemaking choices, together with parklets.
Higgins stated the administration sees the stations as a chance.
“Making an attempt to be considerate in our reuse and profiting from what we really feel is a real asset and units Indianapolis as much as be a frontrunner in a really rapidly evolving transportation panorama,” Higgins stated.
Some have argued that companies want the parking and the house needs to be reverted again. That chance might be addressed as effectively via neighborhood outreach.
BlueIndy began below Republican Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration, with a $6 million funding from town.
Town will do outreach over the subsequent few months after which choose proposals subsequent yr.