What are Bus Rapid Transit Lines?

Bus Rapid TransitBus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a premium rapid transit service that provides many of the benefits of light rail service but at a significantly lower capital cost. This integrated system uses specialized vehicles on roadways or dedicated lanes to quickly and efficiently transport passengers to their destinations.

More technology

BRT systems feature the latest technology hybrid or electric vehicles that are longer and include multiple entrances and exits to allow large numbers of riders to quickly move between the station platforms and the BRT vehicles. BRTs travel in dedicated lanes or move in mixed traffic lanes with traffic signal priority and “queue jumps” that allow them to move ahead of other traffic to reduce riders’ travel time.

More conveniences

Permanent, upgraded transit stations will be spaced about a half mile apart with BRTs running every 7.5 to 15 minutes with real-time schedule updates and “smart fare” collection systems.

Bus Rapid Transit Lines will provide service through five key corridors:


38th Street BRT:  From Eagle Creek Airpark to Lawrence, serving key destinations such as:

  • Eagle Highlands
  • Lafayette Square
  • Healthplex
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
  • Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • Meadows area


Keystone Avenue BRT:  From University of Indianapolis to Carmel, serving key destinations such as:

  • Brookside Park
  • Martindale-Brightwood
  • Keystone Enterprise Park
  • Glendale Mall
  • Keystone at the Crossing
  • Merchants Square


North-South BRT:  Running from Carmel through downtown Indianapolis to Greenwood, serving key destinations such as:

  • Broad Ripple
  • Meridian-Kessler
  • Ivy Tech
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Garfield Park
  • Emmerich Manual High School
  • Southgate Plaza


Washington Street BRT:  From the Indianapolis International Airport to Union Station to Cumberland, serving key destinations, such as:

  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • State Government Center
  • White River State Park
  • Union Station
  • Irvington
  • Eastgate
  • Washington Square Mall


Northeast BRT: From Downtown to Noblesville, serving key destinations such as:

  • Near Eastside
  • Martindale-Brightwood
  • State Fairgrounds
  • Binford Area
  • Castleton
  • Fishers

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Why Indy Connect Now?

Jobs: An improved transit system will benefit the local economy, encourage new investment and improve our ability to compete with other cities to attract new businesses and new jobs to our region. It will also connect people in our workforce to job opportunities.