INDIANAPOLIS — Today, Congressman André Carson (IN-07) joined IndyGo leadership to highlight $1 million in federal Community Project Funding for the Blue Line and reiterate his support for public transit. Each year, Members of Congress submit Community Project Funding requests to the House Appropriations Committee for a select number of qualified projects benefiting their districts. This year, Congressman Carson secured funding for 14 projects across Indianapolis, including the Blue Line.

“From the beginning, I’ve advocated for federal funding to make the Blue Line possible,” said Congressman Carson. “Our community expanded public transit for years but has lacked the funding to make that vision a reality. Now, we’re making sure every Indianapolis resident can access every corner of our city safely and efficiently. Our city belongs to everyone, and IndyGo is expanding opportunity to all Indianapolis residents — all while providing much-needed safety and infrastructure improvements.”

“IndyGo is tremendously grateful to Congressman Carson for his tireless efforts and steadfast support as we continue to expand the community’s vision through the Blue Line,” said IndyGo Interim President and CEO Jennifer Pyrz. “IndyGo’s third bus rapid transit line will run 24 miles east to west across the city connecting Cumberland to the airport bringing safer, more reliable transportation along with new sidewalks, street paving, ADA curb ramps and more.”

As a senior Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Carson has consistently advocated for expanded public transit, including through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – which will direct $1.2 trillion of federal funds towards transportation, energy, and climate infrastructure projects and create good-paying jobs. To date, $4.7 billion has been announced for Indiana project involving roads, bridges, public transit, ports, airport, electric school and transit buses, EV charging, and more. Last year, IndyGo received $19 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to purchase 40-foot, diesel-electric, hybrid buses to replace older buses in its fleet.

More details about the $1 million Community Project Funding investment can be found below:

Project Name: Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation Blue Line Infrastructure

Award Amount: $1,000,000

Project Description: The funding would be used to improve a high-performing transit route that connects the Indianapolis International Airport, Downtown Indianapolis, and diverse neighborhoods. The project will replace deficient stormwater infrastructure and pavement, and introduce dedicated bus lanes that will improve speed, reliability, and safety. Funds will support stormwater construction of the Pleasant Run and Pogues Run outfalls and includes 2-5’ diameter trunk sewer. The funds will pay for infrastructure to reduce flooding events, which will improve public health and safety. The existing deficient combined sewer system will be replaced with a modern separated sewer system and detention sites.


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