DOT funds rapid transit project in Indiana
The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation’s Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project received an $ 81 million grant through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the Department of Transportation.
“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to promoting fairness and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through strong investments in our nation’s public transportation systems,” Deputy Secretary of Transportation said , Polly Trottenberg. âThis BRT project will expand transit options in and around Indianapolis and improve access and mobility in areas where people need it most.
The scope of work 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 the road.
When complete, officials noted that the project would allow operation along a corridor between downtown Indianapolis in the northeast and downtown Lawrence, replacing and improving a significant portion of the service to Existing local bus from Route 39. The total cost of the project is $ 162 million.
The construction project will create around 1,850 jobs and commercial service is expected to begin in July 2024.