August 18, 2020

Purple Line Construction To Begin 2021

IndyGo says most Purple Line platforms will be located in front of intersections, with stop lights, to allow riders to safely cross the street. - Provided by IndyGo

IndyGo says most Purple Line platforms will be located in front of intersections, with stop lights, to allow riders to safely cross the street.

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IndyGo announced its plans to continue design and construction of the Purple Line, in a virtual meeting Tuesday.

The project will cost an estimated $162 million, and  50 percent is funded by the Federal Transit Association. 

The Purple Line is a 15 mile bus route that stretches from the transit center downtown to Ivy Tech near Post Road.

It will use Red Line infrastructure south of 18th Street.  After that the new sectio of almost 10 miles will retain the Red Line structure of single bus lanes and east and west bound lanes. And it will also have elevated bus platforms.

IndyGo also plans a 3-mile long greenway along the north side of 38th Street, from Tacoma to Sheridan. It says the greenway will give individuals walking or biking a way to connect to the Fall Creek Greenway.

Tuesday's meeting was open to the public. Comments included concerns for rider safety, and people asked if there will be a place to park and ride. IndyGo said there are no new plans to park and ride for the Purple Line, so far. 

Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects Jennifer Pryz said IndyGo is making changes and improvements to Purple Line plans to ensure rider and pedestrian safety near bus routes.

On College Avenue, the rubberized meridians will replaced with concrete, and most platforms will be located in front of intersections, with stop lights, to allow riders to safely cross the street.

Construction is expected to start in 2021 and continue into 2023.

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