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February 21, 2013

Public meetings set for Indy Connect

INDIANAPOLIS — The community is invited to learn more about the Indy Connect studies of the Red, Blue, and Green rapid transit lines by attending one of nine public engagement meetings scheduled between Feb. 26 and March 14.

If fully implemented, the Indy Connect plan would add five rapid transit lines, double the current local bus service, and add Express Bus routes and community circulators. It would complement IndyGo's recently announced Downtown Transit Center, a project that will serve as a central hub downtown for destinations, boardings, and transfers.

The first three of five rapid transit lines being studied and their general locations are:

- The Red Line, which extends north and south (exact street to be determined) through downtown Indianapolis from Carmel to Greenwood;

- The Blue Line, which runs east and west on or near Washington Street from Cumberland to the Indianapolis International Airport; and

- The Green Line, which connects downtown Indianapolis and Noblesville, with multiple stops along the way.

Decisions made as part of this planning process will determine transit routes, the number and locations of station stops, the mode of transportation (either light rail or bus rapid transit), and whether the vehicles will operate in new or existing lanes of city streets.

The Indy Connect plan will be shared and feedback gathered during the public engagement meetings. Each meeting will follow the same format with a brief presentation tailored to the location, followed by multiple displays where residents can talk one-on-one with planners.

Following is a list of scheduled meetings, as well as the rapid transit line the meeting will highlight. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and should conclude by 8 p.m.

- Feb. 26 - Fishers Train Station, 11601 Municipal Drive, Green Line;

- Feb. 27 - University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Lilly Science Hall (accessible by IndyGo Routes 22 and 31), Red Line;

- Feb. 28 - Julia Carson Government Center, 300 E. Fall Creek Parkway (accessible by IndyGo Routes 2, 19, and 30), Red, Blue, and Green lines;

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