INDIANAPOLIS – After 15 months of construction, IndyGo is preparing to mark a major milestone when it launches the Red Line and begins new local service on Sunday, September 1. IndyGo will hold final practice runs this week and celebrate the improvements with a wide range of events through September.
Final Practice Runs
August 25 – 31
Professional coach operators will conduct final practice runs on the entire 13-mile Red Line route to ensure they are prepared for any and all situations, and that the bus rapid transit vehicles are ready for passengers on Sept. 1.
New Service Launch
Sunday, September 1, 7:00 a.m.
Riders may begin riding the new service for free starting at 7 a.m. Interested in being on one of the first trips? See details here.
For the first week of service, volunteers will be located at stations along the Red Line as a resource to riders. Red Line is free to ride from September 1 to September 30.
Grand Opening Celebration
Tuesday, September 3, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
The public is invited to join IndyGo at the Indiana State House east lawn for a Grand Opening Celebration with live music, coffee donated by Tinker Coffee, and donuts. Remarks from elected officials, community leaders, local transit leaders, and new IndyGo CEO Inez Evans will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Food Truck Friday
Friday, September 6, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Downtown Indy, Inc. is extending Food Truck Friday in honor of IndyGo’s Red Line opening week. Grab a bite to eat on the north side of Market Street between Illinois Street and Capitol Ave.
Music in Transit
In partnership with Square Cat Vinyl and The Arts Council of Indianapolis, IndyGo will host live music at Red Line stations along the route with 20 local musical acts featuring different genres of original music. A complete schedule of performances, including showtimes and station locations, can be found at https://www.indygo.net/music-in-transit/.
- Mark Tester, Amanda Gardier, and Andrew Greenwell
- Veseria and Fern Murphy
- Rob Funkhouser, Bashiri Asad, and Brett Wiscons
- Tim Brickley, Sister Sinjin, and Dysfunktion Brass
- Melissa Gallant, The Girl Called Books, and Skypp
- Chad Mills, Dysfunktion Brass, Dead Silence, ODDITY, and Red Remains
Choose Your Adventure!
Riders are encouraged to check out businesses along the Red Line and to sweeten the pot, IndyGo is highlighting restaurants, stores and other stops that are featuring Red Line-themed items and/or discounts on the Choose Your Adventure list on IndyGo.net.
Businesses on the Red Line are encouraged to come up with a special, a limited-time item, a small discount or another perk that IndyGo will promote on the map. Already, Garfield Park Brewery, Gomez BBQ and select restaurants in Indianapolis City Market have created specials to celebrate the Red Line. Businesses are invited to add their features by completing the form here.
IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, is committed to connecting the community to economic and cultural opportunities through safe, reliable, and accessible mobility experiences. IndyGo’s Marion County Transit Plan will bring an increase in IndyGo services with extended hours and shorter wait times starting this year. To learn more, visit our website, follow us on Twitter @IndyGoBus, or call 317.635.3344.