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BlueIndy plans expansion outside of metro area

Posted at 10:06 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 22:08:08-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Crews with BlueIndy are installing more charging stations city-wide as the electric car share program continues to expand. 

And the expansion could go beyond city limits. 

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What started with a test rollout in May, picked up steam in September as BlueIndy launched city-wide with 50 cars with a goal of 500. 

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A first-of-its-kind ride-share program in the country, it received international attention. 

And things have apparently gone pretty well since. 

In a statement Friday, a BlueIndy spokesperson said, "The program is exceeding all of our goals and things are going very well."

BlueIndy will announce specifics next week, and those specifics could include plans to expand the program outside of Indy. 

"They want to put two stations in Beech Grove and I support it," Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley said. 

In the midst of sweeping green initiatives city-wide over the past few years, including recycling and shredding programs, green transportation with BlueIndy is next. 

"We're going to offer another mode of transportation to people who who don't have vehicles or might not want to use their vehicle or for whatever reason would want to  use the BlueIndy," Buckley said. 

Those Beech Grove stations would help to expand the metro ride-share program into a more regional one. 

In addition to more cars and charging stations, BlueIndy has initially pledged that the program could lead to up to 100 full-time jobs, including brand ambassadors, dispatchers, and service techs. 

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