IndyGo’s Purple Line, Blue Line to be delayed by year or more

The debuts of the Purple Line and the Blue Line—the second and third phases of IndyGo’s bus rapid transit project—will be delayed a year or more from previous expectations, IndyGo says.

IndyGo says it now anticipates that construction on the Purple Line will begin in 2021 and be ready to go into service between Thanksgiving 2022 and Easter 2023. The Purple Line, which will link the city of Lawrence with downtown Indianapolis, was originally planned to begin construction late this year or early 2020, with route service to begin in late 2021.

Construction on the Blue Line, which will replace the existing Route 8 and run along Washington Street west to Indianapolis International Airport, is now expected to begin in 2023. Construction on the Blue Line was originally planned to begin in 2020, with the line completed in 2022.

IndyGo identified various reasons for the delay, including concerns about the viability of its right-of-way acquisition schedule, federal funding issues and the timing of other area construction projects.

The first phase of the rapid transit project, the Red Line, remains on schedule for a Sept. 1 start, IndyGo says.

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