IndyGo is expected to back off plans to purchase electric buses this year to replace the mass-transit system’s older diesel fleet, saying electric-vehicle technology is not yet good enough to meet its needs.
The Indianapolis company, formed in 2009, makes apps that allow users to track buses in real time and hail rides on demand. It is merging with Ride Systems LLC to gain more users and build market share.
The federal funding will cover most of the $96.3 million first phase of the Red Line, a proposed 13.1-mile bus route that will run between East 66th Street in Broad Ripple and the University of Indianapolis, with 28 stops along the way.
City leaders will collaborate with officials from 21 other major municipalities to share best practices with a focus on creating transportation hubs and reshaping the use of right-of-way and curb space.