The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced an $ 81 million construction grant to the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) for the Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in downtown from Indiana.
The 15.2-mile BRT line will provide transit to one of the most densely populated, low-income, car-free homes in central Indiana, and help residents get to work, schools, to health establishments, places of recreation, etc. downtown Indianapolis and the city of Lawrence, according to an FTA press release.
The Purple Line project will operate along a corridor between downtown Indianapolis in the northeast and downtown Lawrence and will replace and enhance much of the existing local bus service on Route 39, one of the busiest routes in the IndyGo system. The total cost of the project is $ 162 million, with funding of $ 81 million provided by FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program.
“FTA is proud to join our partners in Indiana in connecting these vibrant cities with rapid transit by bus,” Nuria Fernandez, administrator of FTA. said in a press release. “The Purple Line BRT will get cyclists where they need to go, faster, more efficiently and in a sustainable way.”
The project includes 9.9 miles of new dedicated bus lanes, 18 new stations, the purchase of 15 60-foot electric buses, and the installation of a transit priority signal at 30 signposted intersections along the route. itinerary. The service plan includes operation along a 5.3 mile portion of the existing BRT Red Line route, with shared use of 13 existing stations.
IndyGo estimates that construction of the project will create approximately 1,850 jobs. The revenue service is expected to begin in July 2024.
SOURCE: Federal Administration of Public Transport