Much-awaited IndyGo transit center set to open in late June

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IndyGo’s new downtown bus station, recently named the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, is set to open June 26, IndyGo said Monday.

The $26.5 million center, along East Washington Street south of the City-County Building, will serve as the central transfer point for all 31 IndyGo routes through downtown. It includes 19 covered bus bays with real-time bus information, public restrooms, an indoor waiting area, customer service, pass sales, and free Wi-Fi.

More than 700 bus stop changes will be made throughout Marion County to prepare for the June 26 route changes. Updates include new and eliminated stops, and stop relocations.

IndyGo has created a webpage to help riders navigate the changes. Printed materials, including new route maps and the full IndyGo system map, should be available in mid-June, IndyGo said.

U.S. Rep. Carson, the Democrat who represented much of Marion County from 1997 until her death in 2007, was instrumental in securing funding for an Indianapolis public transportation passenger facility. A federal grant is covering $13.5 million of the cost, with the city picking up the rest of the tab.

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

The center was designed by the local Axis Architecture + Interiors.

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