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Summary

Located along U.S. Hwy 40/Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is a 24-mile, all battery-electric bus system that will replace the existing IndyGo Route 8. Once completed, it will be Indianapolis’ third BRT route, providing critical connections to the existing Red Line and planned Purple Line, and other frequent and local bus routes in the system.

Approximately 70% of the Blue Line will operate within dedicated bus-only lanes, with approximately 17 miles of exclusive and semi-exclusive guideway. For the remaining seven miles, the Blue Line will operate in shared lanes with general traffic.

The Blue Line route will operate entirely within Marion County, between the Indianapolis International Airport on the west end of the route to an eastern terminus near the Marion County/Hancock County border. Passing through the heart of the Indianapolis’ downtown business district and near the State Capitol, the Blue Line will stop at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center (CTC), a central transfer point for Red and Purple BRT Lines and other frequent and local bus routes.

The Blue Line stations will mostly consist of center platforms with left-side boarding. There are 36 stations being built as a part of this project (37 stations total including the CTC). There will be one-way pair (curbside) stations at Washington & Capitol and Maryland & Capitol. There are also one-way pair stations at Washington & West and Maryland & West (also curbside). Each one-way pair is counted as a single station location. Stations will be spaced at approximately ½ mile, with raised platforms for level boarding, ADA accessibility, off-board fare collection, and canopy roofs. Stations located throughout the corridor will provide protection from weather and provide real-time transit arrival and departure information and self-service ticketing. Bike racks will be located along sidewalks near station locations. Other station amenities may include benches, information kiosks, security cameras, a public announcement system, and opportunities for public art.

The project will also include infrastructure improvements including new and upgraded traffic signals, new and replaced sidewalks, bike parking, and multi-use paths. The Blue Line will include Transit Signal Priority (TSP) at signalized intersections throughout the corridor. The project will require curb realignments, largely near station locations. The project will remove or limit some existing left turns at midblock locations but will provide new U-turn opportunities at signals to ensure drivers can still access all businesses and other destinations.

Procurement Schedule

RFQ Proposal Release
November 10, 2021
Pre-Proposal Meeting
November 19, 2021 2pm
Questions Due
November 30, 2021 By 3pm
Responses to Written Questions Due
December 6, 2021
Proposals Due
December 14, 2021 By 3pm
Interviews By Invitation
January 13, 2022 TBD / IPTC Board Room
IPTC Board Meeting
January 27, 2022 5pm

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