IndyGo Access Premium Client Exemptions to Expire

Beginning Jan. 1, 2025, the exemption period for IndyGo Access clients who joined before October 2022 and currently pay $3.50 per one-way trip to, from or within the premium (Beyond ADA) area will expire. After that, all IndyGo Access clients will pay the $7 rate per one-way trip to and from the premium area, regardless of their sign-up date. Same-day service will continue to be offered for $10 per one-way trip for all within the premium area.

IndyGo Recognizes Two Service Areas

IndyGo is taking a significant step to ensure a more reliable, convenient and enhanced rider experience for paratransit users. Before January 1, 2023, IndyGo operated ADA-level service countywide, beyond what is federally mandated, which presented challenges that impacted riders and the agency. Beginning January 2023, the Beyond the ADA Policy took effect to recognize two service areas. This includes the ADA-mandated area (3/4 of a mile on either side of existing bus routes) and a new area known as IndyGo Access Premium. This premium service offers a new same-day service option as availability allows and premium pricing.

IndyGo continues to provide countywide service. Establishing two service areas permitted the agency to improve its performance in the required ADA area while offering a new service to the area beyond the ADA-mandated zone.

IndyGo Access Riders Fixed Route Policy Change

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, IndyGo Access riders no longer qualify for free rides on IndyGo fixed route service. A MyKey Half Fare Card is now required for qualified paratransit riders to ride the system’s regular fixed routes. Half Fare Cards offer $0.85 rides to eligible individuals. The IndyGo Board of Directors first approved the new fare policy in 2019.  

IndyGo Access Service Areas

ADA Service Area

  • Service area federally mandated
  • Within ¾ of a mile on either side of bus route
  • $3.50 per one-way trip within the area
  • Trips within the area not affected by policy change

Premium Service Area

  • Service area not federally mandated
  • Outside ¾ of a mile either side of the bus route and up
    to the boundaries of IndyGo’s service area
  • $7.00 per one-way trip to, from or within the area
    New same-day service option – $10.00 per trip –
    only available for trips that begin and end in the
    premium service area.

See What Service Area You Are In

Do you live or travel outside the mandated ADA service area? Enter an address on the map. If the address is within the blue, it is within the ADA mandated paratransit service area for our current route network. The area outside of the blue represents where IndyGo is seeking input on how to operate paratransit service in the future. 

Disclaimer: This map tool is for planning purposes. The actual determination of whether an address is in or out of the ADA boundary line is determined by IndyGo Access.


IndyGo understands that even the most favorable changes may require time for adjustment. Current clients, as of October 2022, who take trips to, from or within the premium service area will be exempt from the new policy until January 2025, unless their place of residence changes or their client eligibility ends. New clients who live or travel to the area outside of the ADA area as of October 2022 now fall under the new policy that began January 2023.

On September 23, 2021, the IPTC Board of Directors reviewed, considered and adopted the Beyond ADA policies. A summary of the changes:

  • Beginning January 1, 2023, IndyGo has two service areas – ADA and Beyond ADA (branding pending).
  • Individuals who become eligible clients following January 1, 2023, and have trips that begin or end in the Beyond the ADA area are subject to the new policies.
  • Trips that begin or end outside the ADA have a fare of $7.00 per one-way trip.
  • Hours from the service deviated from existing hours.
  • There is no trip prioritization.

For more details, please review the Beyond ADA policy above.  If you have additional questions, please contact the IndyGo Customer Care Center.

From March 2021 to September 15, 2021, IndyGo conducted outreach as part of the Beyond ADA project. For more information about the policy and IndyGo’s outreach efforts, visit the Beyond ADA webpage here.

Why are we offering this new service?  

Before January 2023, IndyGo previously provided ADA-level service countywide, meaning that we maintained the service characteristics required by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the area beyond the required ADA service area, which is only meant to cover areas within three-fourths mile on either side of fixed route and at times when fixed-route service is not running. Recognizing there are in fact two service areas permitted IndyGo to focus on improving its performance in the required ADA area, while offeringa new service to the area beyond the ADA.  

How was the community involved in the process?  

IndyGo offered several opportunities for the public to participate in the development of the draft policy. In-person and virtual meetings were offered during the months of March and April 2021, all of which were in addition to the community engagement efforts that were available throughout 2020. These facilitated, 90-minute meetings provided anyone with an opportunity to influence the design of the new service. IndyGo also hosted individuals from human service agencies, such as Bosma Enterprises, during this same period. 

Learn more about how we partnered with the community here

In the hours when service is not available for IndyGo Access Premium service, what options are available to someone who is eligible to ride IndyGo Access?  

IndyGo vouchers for its transportation network company (TNC) partners will still allow for travel. Private, nonprofit modes of transportation may also be made available by other agencies.  

Why is the fare higher for IndyGo Access Premium than the fare for IndyGo Access?  

IndyGo Access Premium is a premium service that is being offered toIndianapolis residents. The higher fare reflects the cost of providing this service, as well as the premium nature of the service.  

Why is the fare set at $10.00 for same-day service?  

Same-day service is a premium service and is newly offered by IndyGo. 

The policy states trips in the premium service area may be denied, which is something that cannot happen in the ADA-required service area. What does that mean for eligible paratransit riders?  

IndyGo staff will work to ensure few, if any trips, are denied in the premium service area. IndyGo may ask for more flexibility from riders when booking trips for Beyond ADA. IndyGo staff will update the denial rate and work to ensure the rate is low.  

Is the same-day service offered for the ADA service area?  

Currently, there is no plan to offer same-day service for the ADA service area clients. There are rules and regulations that dictate the level of service that must be provided to clients traveling within the required ADA service area. IndyGo staff will monitor the same-day service offering in the Beyond ADA area to gain a better understanding of how same-day service might be able to be incorporatedasa premium service for its IndyGo Access service. 

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