The 24-mile, all battery-electric bus system will follow the path of the existing Route 8, providing more services to communities that rely on transit.  -  Photo: IndyGo

The 24-mile, all battery-electric bus system will follow the path of the existing Route 8, providing more services to communities that rely on transit.

Photo: IndyGo

Stantec has been selected to lead construction management for the $220 million Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Indianapolis.

Once completed, it will be the city’s third BRT route, providing connections to the airport, the existing Red Line and planned Purple Line, and other frequent and local bus routes in the system.

The 24-mile, all battery-electric bus system will follow the path of the existing Route 8, providing more services to communities that rely on transit.

“We are delighted to partner with a leader like Stantec for the third phase of our Bus Rapid Transit implementation. The Blue Line is a critical component of the Marion County Transit Plan,” said Jennifer Pryz, chief development officer at IndyGo. “This project will change the way our residents and visitors use public transportation in Indianapolis, especially to and from the airport.”

In partnership with Shiel Sexton and Shrewsberry, Stantec will provide construction management services for the roadway, stations, and utilities, as well as overall integration. The firm is committing to a 25% disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goal to build diversity into the project supply chain. Stantec has experience supporting DBE participation in large-scale transit projects, such as the Red and Purple Modernization Program in Chicago, the Long Island Rail Road Expansion in New York, and the Purple Line Extension project in Los Angeles.

A major source of funding for the Blue Line is the Federal Transportation Agency’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants Program, totaling $100 million.

“The Blue Line BRT Project demonstrates an important investment in communities that need transit, and BRT is particularly well-suited to medium-sized cities looking to make effective infrastructure investments,” said Brian Norris, SVP and construction project manager at Stantec. “We are excited to partner with IndyGo because we understand that providing equitable service is the foundation that guides the decision-making process in every stage of a project, from planning through to the end of construction.”

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