INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2021) — IndyGo announced an award of $80.975 million for the construction of the Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Small Starts Capital Investment Grant. The FTA’s Capital Investment Grant contribution represents 50% of the $162 million total cost of the Purple Line project.

“We’re so grateful to the FTA for another huge vote of confidence,” said Inez Evans, IndyGo president and CEO. “This award means we can finally put years of planning into action for the second BRT line. The Purple Line will run 15.2 miles, connecting the City of Indianapolis to the City of Lawrence and improving one of our highest ridership, most productive routes in the IndyGo system.”

The remaining project costs are being covered by a combination of local funding from the approved transit income tax, the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works, and other FTA and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sources. With this step complete, IndyGo will soon invite contractors to bid on construction packages.

The Purple Line will reduce transit travel time and increase reliability and accessibility for riders. . Beyond transit, nearly half the budget will fund significant infrastructure improvements along the 38th Street corridor, including new traffic signals, sidewalks and new or upgraded curb ramps.

Transit riders will benefit from the many BRT features, including more frequent and efficient service, level boarding, enhanced stations with real-time signage, ticket vending machines for seamless fare purchases and the ability for fare capping with MyKey.

IndyGo plans to conduct public meetings in January 2022 to discuss detailed construction schedules for the Purple Line. Construction is expected to begin as early as February 2022, with the route set to open for service in 2024.

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For more information, contact Carrie Black, IndyGo director of communications, at 317-664-1951.


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