Bus

Ind.’s CIRTA launches new commuter shuttle

Posted on September 7, 2012

Beginning Oct. 1, Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) will provide transportation to worksites in industrial parks and the Metropolis mall in Plainfield, Ind.

Operating during peak commuting times in the morning and evening on weekdays, the Plainfield Connector will pick up commuters at the IndyGo Route 8 stop, bringing workers to major employers, including Amazon, Brightpoint, DJO, Ryder, and Ozburn Hessey Logistics.

The cost to ride will be $1 and a valid IndyGo pass. Riders who do not have an IndyGo pass will pay $3 in exact change.

The Plainfield Connector builds on the success of the CIRTA’s Indy Express Bus connecting Carmel and Fishers to downtown Indianapolis workplaces. Each week, approximately 600 commuters use that service, which also operates during peak times on weekdays.

Launched in response to requests from Westside employers and social service providers, the Plainfield Connector connects to IndyGo’s Route 8, which travels along West Washington Street to connect the Westside to downtown. Commuters who live on other bus routes can connect to the Route 8 and ride it to the Westside to reach the Plainfield Connector.

“With all of the jobs being added each month in the Plainfield industrial parks, our employers need access to workers who live throughout the Indianapolis metro area,” said Plainfield Town Manager Rich Carlucci. “The Plainfield Connector will not only help workers get to jobs, but it also will make Central Indiana an even more attractive place to locate a company.”

Bingaman said collaboration was integral to bringing the Plainfield Connector into being.

Among the organizations contributing to the effort were the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, the Plainfield Town Council, the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, Central Indiana Regional Workforce Board, Hendricks College Network, IndyGo and Commuter Connect.

The Plainfield Connector is a three-year demonstration project being funded through a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant. Its launch follows just a few months after CIRTA started an Indy Express Bus reverse commute that allows workers to travel from downtown Indianapolis to workplaces in Carmel and Fishers. That route is funded by a Job Access Reverse Commute grant.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Albuquerque BRT project exploring full sponsorship

ABQ RIDE is looking to model its plan after the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s HealthLine, which is sponsored through a hospital partnership. Construction on the so-called ART system could begin in May 2016 with an in-service date of September 2017.

New luxury bus service launches in San Francisco

The service, which costs $6 a ride, asks riders to download the Leap app, creating an account, uploading a photo and adding a credit card that enables them to pay via a QR code.

4ONE wins multiple bus seating orders

Agencies ordering the company's products, which are now in at least half of all new U.S. and Canadian transit buses, include L.A. Metro, Chicago Transit Authority and New York City Transit.

New Flyer awarded big Las Vegas CNG bus contract

The contract includes a firm order for 35 XN40 and 20 XN60 Xcelsior buses, with an option for another 150 XN40 and 100 XN60 over the next five years. All buses are to be powered by CNG.

Pierce Transit taps Apollo for video surveillance

The decision comes after the agency conducted an analysis and product review period. Implementation of the project began in February and all work is expected to be completed by the end of April.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close