Marion County Transit Plan

What Is The Transit Plan?

  • Rapid transit lines on high ridership routes
  • Significant investment in the local bus network, including:
    • Shorter wait times
    • Faster travel
    • Service earlier in the morning and later at night
    • More efficient transfers
    • Advanced payment technology
    • Real Time arrival information
  • Learn more: Marion County Transit Plan (See Section 3 for The Marion County Transit Plan which is part of the larger Central Indiana Transit Plan)

How Did We Get Here?

In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly allowed some Central Indiana counties to dedicate an income tax up to 0.25% for mass transit. On November 8, 2016, Marion County voters voted in favor of a tax to improve the city’s transit system. At the January 9, 2017 City County Council meeting, Proposal 3, a measure to enact a tax dedicated to transit, was introduced by Council President Maggie Lewis. The full council voted for final adoption on Monday, February 27, 2017. Read the press release for more information.

What’s The Timeline? 

  • 2017
    • Purple Line Small Starts application
    • Purple Line station and lane alignment outreach
    • Ongoing construction coordination with DPW and DMD
  • 2018
    • Red Line groundbreaking
    • Roll out hours and span of service improvements on some local high ridership routes
  • 2019
    • Red Line opens
    • Frequent grid network alignment introduced with expanded hours and span of service
    • Coverage routes retain current span
    • Route 39 runs BRT buses to overlap Red Line along Meridian St.
    • Fare structure and technology update
    • Two-way conversions of Michigan St. and New York St.
  • 2020
    • Purple Line opens
  • 2021
    • Blue Line opens
    • Frequent grid improves to 15 minutes
    • Expand hours and span of service for coverage routes