IndyGo’s Red Line will open Sept. 1, and construction is nearly complete on Shelby Street and Virginia Avenue.
Lauren Day, director of public affairs for IndyGo, says construction has accelerated since February, with work being done seven days a week in some places.
“Primarily this month of July they're finishing up the road work,” Day says. “So, focusing on the sidewalks, the paving and the striping on the streets. Then the last couple of weeks in August, they'll be focusing on just finalizing the work inside the stations.”
Work inside the stations will include hooking up power, signs and installing benches.
Construction mainly happens in the evenings and overnight. The Capitol Avenue construction is almost complete. College Avenue is being paved, and pavement resurfacing will begin on Meridian Street on or after July 10.
Drivers should expect temporary traffic controls and/or lane closures.
Before the new line opens, people will be able to buy rides through a mobile app and use a reloadable card that will come out later this summer.
“With the opening of the Red Line, we are introducing two hour transfers,” Day says. “So, instead of a single trip pass, you'll purchase a transfer ticket. So basically for $1.75, you'll be able to ride the whole system for two hours.”
A day pass will be $4, and people will never pay more than $15.75 in a week, no matter how much they ride.
In September, the Red Line and all local routes will be free. The Red Line will run from Broad Ripple through downtown Indianapolis to the University of Indianapolis.