Rep. Carson Announces Final Funding for Red Line
INDIANAPOLIS- Today, Congressman André Carson announced that the IndyGo Red Line funding will soon be approved. Yesterday, the Congressman received congressional notification that in nine days, the Department of Transportation will sign a Small Starts Grant agreement for $75 million, at which point the money will be formally allocated.
“As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I have fought for the Red Line for a long time including through regular contact with appropriators in Congress and both Obama and Trump Administration officials,” said Congressman André Carson. “Funding this project is an important step toward modernization of public transit in Indianapolis. I look forward to the successful completion of this project in a way that provides the highest quality service to connect Hoosiers across our community.”
Federal funding for this project totals $75M, with $50M appropriated in FY2017 and the remaining $25M funded through a Small Starts Grant.
“Thank you to our congressional leaders for their support of transit and working hard to secure the funding necessary for this transformative project,” says IndyGo President and CEO Mike Terry. “We are ready to move forward with final preparations for ground breaking.”
The Project is a proposed 13.1-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line, where 7.7 miles of the route will operate within exclusive or semi-exclusive bus lanes and the remaining 5.4 miles will operate in mixed traffic. The Project will operate from Broad Ripple Village in the north, through Downtown Indianapolis, and terminate at the University of Indianapolis in the south. Along the corridor, 27 new stations will be constructed, comprising 20 center boarding platform stations and seven curbside station pairs, plus a stop at the existing Julia M. Carson Transit Center in downtown Indianapolis, for a total of 28 stations served. All new stations will feature real-time arrival displays, off-board fare collection, level boarding, and security features. Thirteen foot articulated electric buses will be purchased as part of the Project and Transit Signal Priority (TSP) installed along the route.
A full construction schedule and live map are online at www.IndyGoRed.com.