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Cash-strapped IndyGo planning to cut routes

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Cash-constrained IndyGo on Tuesday announced proposed route cutbacks in response to its $3.2 million budget shortfall.

The city’s bus service receives about 30 percent of its $53 million annual budget from property-tax distributions, which have been reduced in part by property-tax caps.

Many of the proposed route cuts are on the east side of Indianapolis, including the elimination of the Route 87 Eastside Circulator.

In addition, IndyGo proposes to eliminate the Airport Express route on the west side in September, when its federal funding contract expires.

It also proposes cutting the popular bus service to Carmel and Fishers known as IndyGo Commuter Express, or ICE, when federal grants expire at the end of this year. That move was not unexpected, as federal money covers a large portion of expenses for the service.

Route changes and frequency adjustments constitute the bulk of the proposed changes.

IndyGo also proposes a fare increase, including bumping the single-ride cost to $2 from $1.75.

Two public hearings on the proposed changes are set for this Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center.

 

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  • Public Input on IndyGo
    Nobody goes to Washington Square. How about having it at WPAC?
  • Revenue Source?
    The city should time deter use of vehicles and, at the same time, raise revenue by increasing the fees for parking meters, impose a tax on parking lots, increase parking tickets fees, speeding ticket fees, and deny building permits for construction of parking lots. Balance that with adding routes so more people can use them.
  • Pathetic
    This city's bus service is amongst the worst that I have seen. I say that we take the original "Hoosier Dome" 1 percent sales tax and allocate that toward the ailing, "minimalist" Central Indiana Transit plan. The CIB certainly doesn't know how to use it...

    Another issue is public input. Both sessions are downtown. If the East side is impacted, why not have at least one at Washington Square Mall?

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