The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) hosted an event to kick off construction of its Purple Line, the second of three planned bus rapid transit lines.
“The start of Purple Line construction symbolizes the beginning of new opportunity and growth for an entire community,” said IndyGo President and CEO Inez Evans. “We know this project will bring unprecedented renewal and phenomenal transformation as residents take advantage of the opportunity to move forward faster.”
The event took place on East 38th Street, the future home of the Purple Line.
“Connection and enhanced mobility are key for our city and its residents’ success,” said U.S. Rep. André Carson. “The Purple Line will take IndyGo’s bus rapid transit network to the next level and set an example for the nation on what’s possible when you put the community and riders first with faster, innovative, zero emissions transit. I’ll continue doing all I can in Congress to help IndyGo expand and reach more Hoosiers.”
The 15.2-mile project will connect Indianapolis to the City of Lawrence, and significantly upgrade a portion of the existing Route 39 along the East 38th Street and Post Road corridors.
“At the Federal Transit Administration, we’ve seen how public transportation has benefited cities across the country,” said Kelley Brookins, FTA regional administrator. “IndyGo leads the way with one of the largest all-electric fleet BRT lines in the nation and we’re pleased to be able to support their continued efforts with over $103 million in federal funding to continue the extraordinary work.”
Infrastructure improvements will include nearly 10 miles of sidewalks, more than 350 ADA curb ramps, new street paving, a multi-use path, storm sewer separation and much more to advance the community.
“The City of Lawrence is greatly looking forward to this project’s completion,” said Steve Collier, Lawrence Mayor. “Economic development often follows rapid transit. With the launch of this project, IndyGo’s Purple Line will be increasingly important to our city’s continued growth.”