Indy Metro BRT

What are the target goals?

The overarching goal of this project is to improve mobility options in Central Indiana. The planned bus-rapid transit lines are one component of the region's long-range transportation plan, which also includes expansion of existing bus lines, plans for hundreds of miles of trails and bikes paths that will connect to existing transportation assets, and the expansion, improvements and maintenance of the region's road and bridge systems.

Who are the partners?

The cities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield and Greenwood; United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA), and IndyGo.

How is the effort financed?

Indy Connect, Central Indiana's regional transportation plan, is estimated to cost $1.2 billion total. The first leg of the plan, budgeted at $100 million is the major priority for the region at this time. The collaborative received a $2 million dollar TIGER grant from the USDOT to commence planning studies for the first of the five proposed lines, the Red Line. This in depth study was completed in 2013, and now Indy Connect is focused on moving the project to the preliminary engineering phase. The report from the USDOT funded study will be used to apply for a larger grant to build the line. If Central Indiana were to receive federal monies for the construction of the Red Line, it is likely that cities and states would be responsible for matching 20-50% of the grant. Voter referendum will be required if any of the participating counties determine the need to raise taxes to pay for the project.

Other Details

The Red Line's 28 Mile route, which stretches from Westfield, IN to Greenwood, IN and goes through dense parts of Indianapolis, IN is projected to be started by 2017. This will be the first all-electric BRT route in the country.

When was program launched?

The Indy Connect initiative was launched in February of 2010 after public opinion polling showed support for increased mobility options in Central Indiana. Comments on the draft plan were collected through a combination of public meetings, web platforms, a dedicated phone line and social media. In November 2010, Central Indiana released a regional, long range transportation plan. The plan was approved in December 2010 and included IndyConnect as part of its long term vision. Over the next year, Indy Connect continued to education the region about the plan. Voters were given final say on the plan in November 2012. Since receiving the planning grant from USDOT, Indy Connect is embarking on the studies necessary to prepare for applying for federal construction funds.

Resources

http://www.indyconnect.org/pages/What-is-Bus-Rapid-Transit/
http://www.wthr.com/story/26541287/2014/09/16/first-rapid-transit-bus-line-for-central-indiana
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/16/still-long-way-go-make-bus-rapid-transit-reality/15743257/

NLC Staff Contact Information
Nicole DuPuis
City Solutions and Applied Research
NDuPuis@nlc.org

(Last Modified: November 2014)

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