IndyGo to unveil Fishers route

March 27, 2007

IndyGo tomorrow plans to reveal details of an express bus route between downtown and Fishers, starting late this summer or early fall.

In Fishers, the bus will stop at 106th Street and Lantern Road, at Eastern Star Church.  It likely will proceed down Binford Boulevard and make stops at a handful of downtown locations, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp. said today.

Fares will be $2 per trip. The bus will run from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

IndyGo executives are looking at various types of busses, including motor coaches designed for long-distance travel that tend to be more comfortable than the typical city bus.

The last time IndyGo ran a bus to Fishers was during the 2004 "Hyperfix" project that involved rebuilding Interstate 65 on the eastern edge of downtown. That temporary bus service proved to be popular for Hamilton County residents weary of northeast-side traffic congestion. Today's higher gasoline prices may stoke further interest in bus ridership.

IndyGo also has received interest from Marion County residents who work in the Fishers area and would like to take the bus, said spokeswoman Ronnetta Spalding. A number of employers in fast-growing Hamilton County said their hiring prospects would improve if public transportation were available.

The new service is intended to last at least three years and is being funded mostly with a $4.5 million federal grant. That money also is to be used to launch service to Carmel and Lawrence sometime later.

IndyGo executives will unveil the plans at 6 p.m. at the Fishers Train Station, 11601 Municipal Dr.

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