Transit is Essential in Indianapolis

Indy has a lot to be excited about at a time when so many do not have the same outlook. The momentum surrounding the Purple Line and the future Blue Line is building and buzz is louder than ever as Indianapolis continues to make history. That’s why more than a dozen stakeholders and community partners were eager to share why transit, IndyGo and BRT are critically important to the work they do, the people they serve and the opportunities they provide to boldly move our city forward.

The Purple Line will run 15 miles and connect Indianapolis to Lawrence, meaning faster, more efficient travel. Beyond this enhanced service, the Purple Line also means critical upgrades to infrastructure in communities that need it most along the 38th Street corridor. That means new or improved sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, multi-use pathways, storm sewer separation and more. The total project will cost $162 million with more than half the budget covering these infrastructure improvements.

Connecting essential workers. Uplifting a community with infrastructure improvements. Improving public transit reliability. Driving economic development in the hundreds of millions of dollars. IndyGo is beyond transit.

Please take a brief moment to watch the linked videos below and hear why community leaders think it’s important to keep the momentum on transit expansion moving forward.

Dr. Jeff Butts

Superintendent of Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township 

“We have an adult education program that serves thousands of adults who are trying to improve their quality of life. One of the barriers for many of those individuals is transportation to and from our adult education center just two blocks away from where one of the Blue Line rapid transit stations will be. 

Jared Evans

Indianapolis City-County Councilor

“Transit provides people freedom. It’s the freedom to have a good quality of life at an affordable price. It means someone only having to have perhaps one car. It gets people to the grocery store. And for us specifically on the far west side, it means sidewalks, it means safety.”

Mario Rodriguez

Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority

“You have a wonderful airport that has enough capacity. You get around the world within one bound, but you can’t get to the airport. There’s no connectivity, and we have to make sure that our world-class airport, in our world-class city, has the ability to connect to each other and connect in a world-class way.”

Jeremy Stephenson

Managing Partner at 1820 Ventures

“To be able to be on a Bus Rapid Transit Line that could take you to or through downtown to the airport to Irvington up to Broad Ripple in a way that is all connected we think it’s important because we think the type of development that we’re looking to do at Elevator Hill is a future-oriented type of development. And so, BRT and transit in general, and the ability to connect people is critically important.”

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