IndyGo will begin new crosstown service June 10 on 86th Street, the result of a $6 million budget increase that has funded improvements throughout the bus system.
The new Route 86 connects the Trader’s Point shopping center on the northwest side of Indianapolis to Community Hospital North on the northeast side and intersects with seven other bus routes along the way. Currently, riders on those routes have to make their connections downtown.
“It makes the whole network more complete,” IndyGo spokesman Bryan Luellen said. “It adds a lot of options for people starting or ending their trip on 86th Street.”
Buses on the new route will run every half-hour, Monday through Saturday.
The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp. got a $6 million boost from the City-County Council for service improvements, which began in February and have included increased frequency, the addition of weekday service and route realignments. Nine more routes will be adjusted in June with the goal of improving efficiency and adding ridership. The changes are based on a 2010 study of ridership, population and employment density.
IndyGo’s total budget is about $65 million with the greatest share, 39 percent, coming from local property and excise taxes. Fares account for about 17 percent of revenue.
The new crosstown route will intersect with the following routes: 4, 18, 19, 26, 28, 37, 34.