A bold, new era of efficient, rider-focused Bus Rapid Transit.

A transportation system not only takes us to our destinations, it takes our city to its future. IndyGo’s new Red Line is a proven standard for how we will plan, design, develop, and build our next rapid-transit lines, and how we will support them with re-imagined infrastructure, amenities, and future-ready vehicles.

For 13 miles, IndyGo’s new Red Line is a milestone in improved capacity, comfort and comprehensive accommodation for every rider’s experience.

This is big! This is bold. This is a long-awaited, proud moment for Indianapolis.

Practicality

The Red Line is the first of our Bus Rapid Transit systems, providing increased frequency, reliability, comfort, and convenience at a fraction of the cost of light rail. But unlike far-spaced light rail, the permanence of BRT infrastructure all along the corridor supports increased private investment, contributing to increased economic opportunity and quality of life.

Accessibility

The Red Line is poised to provide better access to work, education, healthcare, restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. It offers an alternative to driving for people of all ages and serves as a key cornerstone of a comprehensive set of transportation options for Indianapolis and central Indiana.

Connectivity

The Red Line corridor is the densest corridor of both residents and employers within Marion County. The walkable-built environment along the Red Line fulfills the multi-faceted, essential needs of its riders, connecting them in a more liveable way with residential, retail, and business environments, and with the community as a whole.

Red Line General Map

We put the Red Line in the middle of the action.

For 13 miles through the heart of the city, the Red Line will run for 13 miles through several neighborhoods, major employers, cultural institutions, healthcare and education with frequent, comfortable rapid-transit service.

The Red Line rolls within a quarter mile of more than 50,000 residents and nearly 150,000 jobs — that’s one in every four jobs in all of Marion County.

Twenty hours each day, seven days a week, your IndyGo ride will arrive at each Red Line station every 10-20 minutes. That’s rapid transit!

Mon – Fri
5 AM – 9 PM every 10 minutes
9 PM – 1 AM every 15 minutes

Sat
6 AM – 1 AM every 15 minutes

Sun
7 AM – 8 PM every 15 minutes
8 PM – 10 PM every 20 minutes

Why the Red Line?

Employment density is the top predictor of transit ridership, and the Red Line connects several neighborhoods to the state’s largest concentration of jobs (downtown Indianapolis), including the state’s largest hospital, Ivy Tech, IUPUI, and UIndy.

Before the Red Line corridor was laid out, it was being served by IndyGo’s most heavily traveled local bus routes, representing only one percent of IndyGo’s service area but providing a full 15 percent of all IndyGo boardings.

The Red Line corridor was also chosen over adjacent corridors because of the inherent quality of its pedestrian experience and its ease of access for riders.

Riding the Rapid Red Line

The rapid Red Line will increase convenience, frequency, and reliability, while improving travel times and decreasing wait times. Many local routes that once traversed the same corridor as the Red Line will now feed into the Red Line, providing the potential for more frequent service in those areas.

The 60-foot, articulated, fully electric Red Line transit vehicles were developed specifically for rapid transit operation, with doors opening on either side of the bus and having a range of up to 275 miles — without emitting a single cloud of exhaust.

Instead of front-of-bus bike racks, Red Line buses have onboard bicycle storage, so bicyclists should board at the door nearest the bike-storage area. New platform-level boarding allows you to roll your bicycle on and off with ease.

New Rapid Transit Stations

IndyGo re-examined the conventional “bus stop,” and made quantum-leap changes. Each of the Red Line’s new rapid-transit stations feature:

  • New in-median locations
  • Ticket-vending machines (cash/credit/debit) that speed the boarding process
  • A digital marquee displaying real-time arrival information for the next bus
  • Step-free station access in accordance with the American Disabilities Act
  • Flush, step-free, bus-height boarding platforms
  • Well-lit boarding areas, security cameras and “blue-light” emergency phones
  • Wind screens and drip-free roof eaves for better weather protection

Upgraded Rider Experience

Red Line service runs every 10-20 minutes, with buses stopping at designated stations that are generally only ¼ to ½ mile apart.

Features such as pre-board ticketing get you on the bus quickly, while transit-only lanes and transit-signal priority at busy intersections allow Red Line to maintain its speed and frequency when other vehicles are being delayed by congestion or traffic incidents.

Overall, riding the Red Line is a more-efficient, more-convenient IndyGo experience — with a rapid-transit emphasis on “go.”

Rules of the Road

Building and implementing the Red Line not only required reinventing transit stations for busses and riders, it requires new traffic behavior for drivers.

Watch the following videos to understand how College Avenue, Meridian Street, and Capitol Avenue have been reconfigured to accommodate Red Line transit vehicles. Examples of specific intersections are representative of similar intersections throughout the corridor.

Drivers of all vehicles should be aware that left turns on College Avenue and Meridian Street will only be permitted at signalized intersections.

Broad Ripple Station Rendering.
Broad Ripple Station Rendering.

52nd and College Station Rendering.
52nd and College Station Rendering.

Meridian and 30th Station Rendering.
Meridian and 30th Station Rendering.

Statehouse Station Rendering.
Statehouse Station Rendering.


Fountain Square Station Rendering.

Garfield Park Station Rendering.
Garfield Park Station Rendering.

Typical center platform station.
Typical center platform station.

Typical curb station platform.
Typical curb station platform.