The arrival of a bus rapid-transit line in Indianapolis is revving closer to reality, and with it comes a long-awaited delivery of a much improved public transportation system in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Public Transit Corporation is now accepting bids for civil work and for station work for the much-anticipated Red Line and the 28 stations along the 13.1 mile Phase 1 route that runs from Broad Ripple southward to the University of Indianapolis. Deadline for submitting bids is November 13; contractors will be approved at a December 7 meeting; construction will begin in early 2018; and the first Red Line riders will board all-electric-powered buses in 2019.
Why bus rapid transit? Simply put, it’s a public transit solution that will significantly improve mobility for thousands of people who need to connect to where the jobs are, to where learning happens, and to more cultural and recreational opportunities.
This segment of the Red Line route will come within a quarter mile of more than 50,000 residents and nearly 150,000 jobs – a quarter of all jobs in Marion County. Once open for service, the Red Line will run 20 hours each day, seven days a week and is expected to grow daily ridership to 11,000 within a year of operation.
The Red Line will connect several neighborhoods to the state’s largest concentration of jobs (downtown Indianapolis), the state’s largest hospital system, and three higher education institutions – Ivy Tech Community College, University of Indianapolis, and IUPUI.
These are just a few benefits that the Red Line will bring. American Structurepoint is serving as the Indianapolis Department of Public Works’ technical representative. Our role is to facilitate the coordination of the project’s multiple facets, such as construction schedules and maintenance of traffic. We will work diligently to ensure that the Red Line progresses as smoothly as possible for all major stakeholders and the traveling public. As the design partner for CDM Smith, American Structurepoint also has provided traffic signal analysis and design, general roadway design, topographic survey, right of way engineering and plan development, and public involvement assistance.
We are eager for this new chapter in public transit to unfold in Marion County. I invite you to learn more by visiting a newly launched website, www.indygored.com. This will be a key site to check for detailed updates and information in the weeks and months ahead. Once construction begins, you will be able to scroll through an interactive map to help understand impacts and restrictions along the corridor