INDIANAPOLIS — As the Blue Line bus rapid transit (BRT) route progresses towards the 90% design phase, IndyGo plans to share a status update through a series of public meetings the week of Aug. 28.  

Last August, IndyGo staff announced they needed more time to evaluate the design due to increased pricing, inflation and stormwater requirements. The original cost estimate for the project in 2019, pre-COVID, when the Blue Line was at 30% design, was $220 million. Those cost estimates ballooned to more than $500 million.  

Over the last year, IndyGo has been working diligently with project partners and stakeholders to determine whether the project could be built in a way that preserves the preferred design for BRT along the corridor. Based on the results of this year-long process, the agency has decided to continue progressing the Blue Line design, maintaining the transit components that riders have experienced on the Red Line and will experience on the Purple Line. Modifications have been made to the project that have reduced the cost, bringing it more in line with available funding. This includes the change announced last year to Segment 1 aligning the Blue Line along I-70 west of Holt Road, a change in the type of buses and refining the stormwater drainage design.  

The Blue Line is the third of IndyGo’s three planned bus rapid transit lines. The 24-mile project will provide rapid transit along Washington Street between Cumberland and the airport, and will improve and replace the existing Route 8.  

Learn more at one of the following public meetings: 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m. 
    Virtual – Zoom & Facebook Live (
    Register here.) 

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, noon – 2 p.m. 
    IndyGo West Campus | 1501 W. Washington St.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5 – 7 p.m. 
    IndyGo West Campus | 1501 W. Washington St.

  • Thursday, Aug. 31, noon – 2 p.m. 
    Shepherd Community Center | 4107 E. Washington St. 

  • Thursday, Aug. 31, 5 – 7 p.m. 
    Shepherd Community Center | 4107 E. Washington St. 

For more information about the Blue Line, click HERE.  


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