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.”
The 24-mile Blue Line will be a bus rapid transit service that runs east and west between Cumberland and the Indianapolis International Airport through downtown Indianapolis. The route primarily uses Washington Street, with 32 stations spaced about every half-mile to mile along the route.
The Indy Connect plan will be shared and feedback gathered during the public open house events. Each meeting will follow the same format with guided tours starting every 15 minutes where the public can learn and provide feedback to planners. Residents can come to the open house events any time within the listed meeting hours, as guided tours will be continuous throughout the evening.
Information on the Blue Line will be shared at the following open houses: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Indianapolis Artsgarden above the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at The Steeples on Washington Clubhouse, 2910 Steeples Drive; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Washington Square Mall, Center Court, 10202 E. Washington St.
Bilingual support will be available at these meetings. Residents can call 327-5136 to request additional accommodations and services.
Indy Connect is a partnership of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA), and IndyGo. For more information on the Indy Connect plan, visit the website at www.indyconnect.org.