President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that $77.5 million in federal transportation funds have been committed to Indiana for a “game-changing transit project to provide fast and frequent service to the people of Indianapolis and Lawrence.”
That amount would pay for half of the proposed IndyGo Purple Line project, which has an estimated budget of $155 million.
The 15.2-mile Purple Line route is expected to run from Lawrence to downtown, with most of the route following the current IndyGo Route 39 along 38th Street.
IndyGo said about $95 million of the overall budget will be directed toward infrastructure improvements along the route. The improvements include new pavement, new or repaired sidewalks, a new path for pedestrians and bicyclists, and new traffic signals and ADA-compliant curb ramps.
When the City-County Council approved the Purple Line in mid-May, officials said the project was expected to go out to bid in early 2021, with the route projected to open for service in 2023.
The Purple Line will serve a high-minority, low-income population in an area where many families don’t have access to a car. Daily ridership is projected to be 9,500 people.
In addition to the IndyGo funding, Trump tweeted that $100 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funds have been directed toward the South Shore Line’s West Lake Corridor project, which will extend commuter rail from the existing South Shore line in Hammond southward eight miles through Munster to Dyer. The projected cost of the project is $933 million.