Cost of IndyGo Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit More Than Doubled, IndyGo Revalues
INDIANAPOLIS — On Wednesday at IndyGo’s August board meeting, the board discussed the status of the agency’s upcoming Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route.
IndyGo staff informed the board that they needed more time to evaluate the current design of the Blue Line due to rising prices, inflation and changing requirements. rainy waters.
The original cost estimate for the project in 2019, pre-COVID when the blue line was 30% design, was $220 million.
The latest cost estimates for the project are over $500 million.
The Blue Line should provide fast transit along Washington Street between Cumberland and Indianapolis International Airport.
IndyGo staff attribute the significant price increase to inflation and a change in design standards and drainage infrastructure costs.
“IndyGo is committed to completing a transit project along Washington Street that provides more efficient, accessible, and timely service to the community and works to implement the Marion County Transit Plan” , said IndyGo President and CEO Inez Evans. “Taking the time to consider alternatives before moving forward allows us to present the best project for the community and continue to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
IndyGo will continue to work with its partners and all relevant parties to determine the best alternatives available to complete a rapid transit project.
IndyGo said the next steps in the process will take time to work with design partners, the city of Indianapolis, CEG and the community to determine the best alternatives available to complete a rapid transit project.