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August 6, 2013

Indy Connect routes enter next phase

Input needed at public meetings in August

The Indy Connect studies of the Red and Blue Rapid Transit lines are on schedule for completion in December, with the Green Rapid Transit line completion set for the spring.

The project teams are ready to share their preliminary recommendations on transit routes, station locations, and roadway features. These specifics will be the subject of open house meetings this month, where the public will be encouraged to provide feedback for further plan refinement.

The preliminary recommendations are the result of previously gathered public input, best practices in other communities, and technical analysis, which takes into account many factors including traffic counts, population density, and transit-oriented development potential.

Nine open-house events will be held from Aug. 6 to 22 at host facilities along the Red, Blue, and Green Rapid Transit lines. The open houses are designed for residents to view detailed, preliminary recommendations that outline the following:

· Streets on which bus rapid transit would run for the Red and Blue lines;

· The pros and cons of bus rapid transit and light rail on the Green Line;

· Streets on which the Green Line transit would run;

· Rapid transit station locations;

· Design options for stations, including shelter accommodations, signage, and other amenities; and

· Street configurations, including whether bus rapid transit would run in dedicated lanes or with existing vehicular traffic, and which streets would have signal priority and on-street parking.

“We are at a pivotal point in the planning process where specific details will help provide context to residents on how the system will move people around the region,” Anna Tyszkiewicz, executive director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, said in a press release. “At these open houses we will have more than 20 schematics that show detail of three rapid transit lines and how they work with an expanded bus system for a robust central Indiana transit plan.”

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