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Red Line
Overview
SystemIndyGo Rapid
OperatorIndianapolis Public Transportation Corporation
GarageIndyGo Headquarters
1501 W. Washington Street
VehicleBYD K11 (60-foot articulated battery-powered electric transit bus)
StatusOperational
Began serviceSeptember 1, 2019
Route
Route typeBus rapid transit
LocaleIndianapolis, Indiana
Start66th Street & College Avenue station, north of Broad Ripple
ViaJulia M. Carson Transit Center in Downtown Indianapolis
EndUniversity station (Campus Drive & Shelby Street)
Stations28
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The Red Line of IndyGo is a bus rapid transit line serving parts of central, northern, and southern Indianapolis. The first phase of this transit route entered service on September 1, 2019, and was originally free for the first month; the free service was extended to the second and third months due to problems with the fare collection system.[1] The Red Line links Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis via Downtown Indianapolis.[2] Local service continues beyond these endpoints with every other bus continuing on to the respective county lines at either end of Marion County as Route 90.[3]

History

A Red Line station under construction in Fountain Square in July 2019.
A Red Line station under construction in Fountain Square in July 2019.

On May 31, 2018, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) began construction of the Red Line, the city's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. The first phase of the system opened on September 1, 2019, after about 15 months of construction and testing. The $96.3 million project included a $75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.[4] Two additional BRT lines (Purple Line and Blue Line) are presently planned, along with extensions on both ends of the Red Line. The Red Line has been assigned IndyGo Route #90.

Phase 2 will extend the line farther north, with approved phase 2A running from the end of phase 1 at 66th Street and College Avenue north to the county line at 96th Street. A yet-to-be approved phase 2B extension from there into Hamilton County would travel through suburban Carmel to Westfield, terminating the line in that city's Grand Park. Phase 3 will run from just north of Hanna Avenue on Shelby Street at the University station to Greenwood. Approved phase 3A will take the line to County Line Road South, and a yet-to-be approved phase 3B would continue south into Johnson County to a terminus near Madison Avenue and Smith Valley Road in Greenwood.[5]

At introduction, every second BRT vehicle continues along the future route of the Red Line beyond the completed BRT stations as "Route 90 - Red Line Local", stopping at traditional bus stops along the remainder of both ends of the route in the county. The Red Line will be effectively be split into two separate, but co-branded routes. The first will run from 96th and College to Shelby and Campus (University station), while the second will run from the Greenwood Park Mall to 66th/College station. Wireless charging sites have been installed at 96th Street & College Avenue and at the Greenwood Park Mall Park & Ride stop on County Line Road South to facilitate recharging of the buses as necessary. This is in addition to the recharging facilities previously announced at the 66th/College station and at the IndyGo Maintenance Facility on West Harding Street. Only BRT vehicles will use the stations, with the exception of six of those along Meridian Street and one on 38th Street. Route 39: East 38th Street buses will also share those seven station facilities, in anticipation of that route being eventually replaced by the proposed Purple Line BRT service.[6]

Due to traffic issues and low ridership, IndyGo discontinued the 96th and College stop on the Red Line Local extension on December 20th, 2020. Since then, Route 90 has terminated at College Avenue and Lake Nora Drive, just south of 91st Street. [7]

Station listing

There are at present 28 stations on the Red Line. All stations are served by all Red Line vehicles, but every other bus continues on beyond the last station to the county line as Route 90 - Red Line Local. Those that do not continue on to execute the turnaround procedure from the station as detailed in the Red Line operations manual.

Station [8] Type Opened Notes
66th/College Curbside (NB only) September 1, 2019 North terminus of Phase 1; wireless vehicle charging site;
NB vehicles terminating use protected signal at 66th Street
to make U-turn to SB College via Old College Avenue
Broad Ripple
(Broad Ripple/College)
Center Island September 1, 2019 south of Broad Ripple Avenue
Kessler/College Center Island September 1, 2019 south of Kessler Boulevard East Drive
54th/College Center Island September 1, 2019 at Bungalow Court, north of 54th Street
52nd/College Center Island September 1, 2019 mid-block, south of 54th Street
46th/College Center Island September 1, 2019 south of 46th Street
42nd/College Center Island September 1, 2019 north of 42nd Street
Park/38th Median Station September 1, 2019 at Park Avenue; Purple Line will share
38th/Meridian Center Island September 1, 2019 south of 38th Street; Purple Line will share
34th/Meridian Center Island September 1, 2019 north of 34th Street; Purple Line will share
30th/Museum
(30th/Meridian)
Center Island September 1, 2019 north of 30th Street; Purple Line will share
Fall Creek/Ivy Tech
(Fall Creek/Meridian)
Center Island September 1, 2019 north of Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive;
Purple Line will share
22nd/Meridian Center Island September 1, 2019 south of 22nd Street; Purple Line will share
18th/Meridian Center Island September 1, 2019 north of 18th Street; Purple Line will share
IU Health Methodist Hospital
(18th/Capitol)
Center Island September 1, 2019 south of 18th Street; Purple Line will share
14th/Capitol Center Island September 1, 2019 north of 14th Street; Purple Line will share
9th/Capitol Center Island September 1, 2019 south of 9th Street at Arch Street; Purple Line will share
Vermont/Capitol Center Island September 1, 2019 north of Vermont Street; Purple Line will share
Statehouse
(Washington/Capitol)
Center Island September 1, 2019 south of Court Street, north of Washington Street; Purple Line will share
Julia M. Carson Transit Center Transit Center Bay September 1, 2019 NB Bay "G"; SB Bay "L"
New Jersey/Virginia Curbside (NB, SB) September 1, 2019 southeast of New Jersey Street
Fletcher Place
(Merrill/Virginia)
Curbside (NB, SB) September 1, 2019 northwest of Merrill Street
Fountain Square
(Woodlawn/Virginia)
Curbside (NB, SB) September 1, 2019 northwest of Woodlawn Avenue
Pleasant Run
(Pleasant Run/Shelby)
Curbside (NB, SB) September 1, 2019 between Pleasant Run Parkway, South Drive and Iowa Street
Raymond/Shelby Curbside (NB, SB) September 1, 2019 north of Raymond Street (NB); south of Raymond (SB)
Garfield Park
(Southern/Shelby)
Curbside (NB, SB) September 1, 2019 north of Southern Avenue (SB); south of Southern (NB)
Troy/Shelby Curbside (NB, SB) September 1, 2019 north of Troy Avenue (NB); south of Troy (SB)
University (Campus/Shelby) Center Island September 1, 2019 South terminus of Phase 1; SB vehicles terminating
discharge passengers, then use Shelby, Mills, Madison,
and Hanna to return to NB Shelby.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Indygo's Red Line will now be free through the end of November".
  2. ^ "Project Overview:Construction:Red Line Acceleration". IndyGoRed.com. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Riding the Red Line" (PDF). IndyGo. August 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Briggs, James (May 4, 2018). "Indianapolis Red Line project gets $75 million despite Trump's opposition". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Future Phases". IndyGoRed.com. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Red Line Operations Plan Phase I" (PDF). IndyGo.org. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Hwang, Kellie. "Why the Red Line extension no longer goes to 96th Street". Indianapolis Star.
  8. ^ "Red Line Detailed Plans". August 6, 2019.