The Nov. 8 referendum—if it’s approved—doesn’t institute a transit tax. It only gives the City-County Council permission to vote on one, if it chooses to.
Advocates and opponents of a Nov. 8 referendum that would let the City-County Council increase taxes to pay for a mass transit plan are gearing up to vie for your vote.
IndyGo is hosting four public meetings this month to share updates and answer questions about the 35-mile bus rapid transit line proposed from Westfield to Greenwood.
While they wait for $75 million in federal funding to come through, transit officials are trying to ensure the first phase of the Red Line is shovel-ready.
For the first weekday morning commute at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, IndyGo workers fanned out to help riders get their bearings. Traffic lights didn’t always cooperate.
Teams of IndyGo volunteers, called “transit ambassadors,” are on foot at bus stops around the city, spreading the word about big changes that will affect all 31 of the system’s routes.
More than 700 bus stop changes will be made throughout Marion County to prepare for the June 26 opening and 31 related route changes. Updates include new and eliminated stops, and stop relocations.
Business leaders in charge of the advocacy work said Tuesday morning they expect to launch a “targeted” advertising and informational campaign by highlighting the possible benefits of expanded mass transit to a wide variety of groups.
The debate over whether Indianapolis residents should be able to vote this November on an income tax increase to pay for improved public transportation will soon heat up.
The first phase of the $198 million Red Line is slated to run from just north of Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis.
IndyGo has received the last of 21 fully electric buses. Those buses, equipped with lithium-ion batteries, can travel up to 130 miles on a single charge.
Officials say the first phase of a rapid transit line that should eventually connect Westfield to Greenwood won’t be delayed even though the Indianapolis region missed out on a share of $84 million in state funding from the Regional Cities Initiative.
The shuttle offers WiFi, wheelchair accessibility, reclining seats, electrical outlets, DirecTV, a lavatory and a real-time bus-tracking interactive map.
IndyGo isn’t threatening to eliminate routes, but it is trying to craft a policy to guide it through landmark changes: next year’s opening of the $20 million Downtown Transit Center and, possibly, the passage of a referendum in favor of a regional rapid-transit system.