Local and Express BusHow can we improve bus service in Central Indiana?

Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the country but our bus system ranks 89th. The Indy Connect plan doubles the bus service in five years, providing residents with more access to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation.

Shorter wait time

The expanded bus system will provide significant reductions in wait times. The Indy Connect plan improves service for riders by dropping current wait times of 30-60 minutes between buses to 10-20 minutes, with many routes featuring service every 10 minutes.

More service

The Indy Connect plan includes more direct routes and fewer inconvenient downtown transfers. The plan expands service hours with buses running until midnight on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends with seven-day-a-week service on most routes.

More destinations

The Indy Connect plan includes six express bus routes which feature limited stops and quick access to major economic and commercial centers, including:

  • Indianapolis International Airport / Ameriplex
  • Carmel / Westfield
  • Park 100
  • Keystone at the Crossing
  • Castleton
  • Lawrence

Additional express bus routes will be added as more counties become part of the system.

The plan also establishes frequent bus circulator service in downtown Indianapolis linking the life sciences sectors from IU Health, IUPUI and Eli Lilly, along with service to the 10th Street commercial district; with similar circulator service provided in downtown Lawrence, Fishers, Noblesville and Carmel. Circulator service will be added in places like Greenwood, Plainfield, Avon, Brownsburg and Zionsville in future phases when those counties join the system.

More conveniences

Routes will be reconfigured to make the service more efficient and to allow riders to connect via the new rapid transit corridors to economic centers throughout the region.

New bus shelters will include real-time route information via text messaging and/or displays so you know when the next bus will arrive. The plan includes the addition of benches, bike racks and more sidewalks to improve access to bus stops. It also features modern ticketing and fare collection for transfers.

The chart below shows the projected increase in service for local bus routes as well as the new bus rapid transit line routes:

Category

IndyGo Current Service

Recommended Transit Plan

BRT Routes

0

6

Bus Routes

30

39

     

BRT Vehicles

0

69

Bus Vehicles

122

232

Routes by Frequency (minutes at peak period)

<10

0

9

15

3.5 *

12

30

24

19

60

0

5

Vehicle Hours

BRT

0

283,000

Bus

441,194

743,000

Total

441,194

1,026,000

Vehicle Miles

BRT

0

5,160,000

Bus

6,156,914

8,780,000

Total

6,156,914

13,940,000

 

Support Indy Connect Now and ask your state senator and state representative to put mass transit on the ballot so voters can weigh in on the Indy Connect plan.