City to dub downtown transit center after Carson

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The long-awaited downtown transit center situated across East Washington Street from the City-County Building will be named after the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson, the Democrat who represented much of Marion County from 1997 until her death in 2007.

Indianapolis City-County Councilors voted Monday night to approve a resolution naming the terminal the Julia M. Carson Transit Center.

Carson was instrumental in securing funding for an Indianapolis public transportation passenger facility, according to the resolution. A federal grant is covering $13.5 million of the cost, with the city picking up the rest of the $26.5 million tab.

The facility is the centerpiece of IndyGo’s plan to boost ridership by rearranging its service map to favor more frequent trips on the most popular routes. The 14,000-square-foot bus terminal with 19 berths will be enclosed with glass and have Wi-Fi access.

Construction of the facility was expected to be complete in November 2015, but it was pushed back to this summer when excavators found remnants of previous buildings on the site.

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