Bus Stop Balancing

In Indianapolis, some of our bus stops are spaced too closely together. On a local bus route, stops should be within a convenient walking distance of each other – about a quarter mile. If stops are spaced much more tightly than that, buses spend an excessive amount of time stopped for boarding and at red lights. As part of the Marion County Transit Plan, IndyGo will balance our bus stops to allow people to get where they want to o faster. More detailed information about bus stop spacing can be found in the IndyGo Service Standards Document.

  • Too many bus stops mean that buses aren’t moving as quickly as they should be.
  • People who can currently reach multiple stops won’t see any difference. For riders at stops that have been moved, the maximum added walk time to a new stop should be ¼ mile – approximately five minutes.
  • This (slightly) longer walk means a faster ride, which will enable people to spend more time doing the things they love.

How do we decide what stops to keep and what stops to remove?

  • Stops near points of interest, schools and hospitals will not be impacted.
  • Stops that have lower ridership and pedestrian accessibility issues could be considered for removal.

Watch this video from the Transit Center to see how rebalancing bus stops speeds up the service dramatically.