Central Indiana residents have a new way to travel between counties on public transportation.
The county-based transit providers in the 10 counties within the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority service area have spent the past few years working behind the scenes to enhance county-to-county travel. While all 10 counties have some form of public transportation, passengers are usually limited to travel within their county due to funding constraints.
Now, the region’s public transit agencies have established “County Connect” transfer points, located near county boundaries. At County Connect transfer points, multiple transit services link up to transfer passengers from one county’s service to the next.
In some cases, County Connect transfer points are at IndyGo bus stops on the outer edges of IndyGo routes. IndyGo passengers can ride to the County Connect point, then transfer to a county-based transit provider. Or, passengers riding a suburban county’s transit provider can ride to a County Connect transfer point, then transfer to IndyGo to continue into Indianapolis. This way, residents of outlying suburban or rural areas can take advantage of IndyGo’s 31 fixed bus routes, which provide access to points throughout the city.
County-based transit providers have also established County Connect transfer points in rural and suburban areas. For example, Access Johnson County and ShelbyGo, the transit providers serving Johnson and Shelby counties, connect at the I-65/State Road 44 interchange to transfer passengers traveling between the two counties.
County Connect transfer points are marked with new bus stop signs. Most transit providers in the suburban counties adjacent to Marion County require a call-ahead reservation and use small transit vehicles, like wheelchair-accessible vans. Each county’s transit provider charges a separate fare to ride. All transit agencies provide service to the general public.
“Transit agencies provide as much service as they can with the limited amount of funding that is available. By establishing the County Connect transfer points, transit providers can at least offer passengers a way to travel across county lines, which is a common need,” Christy Campoll, CIRTA mobility manager, said in a press release.