Last night the Indianapolis City Council finally approved a referendum to be placed on the ballot in November for approval of the proposed improvements in the IndyGo city bus system, and development of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called the Red Line. The plan is known as Indy Connect, which is detailed at this website would be funded by a 0.25% income tax increase and funds from the Federal government.
Some of the improvements would be shorter wait times, all lines would run seven days a week with expanded hours (5 am – 1 am weekdays), improved payment systems, and real time bus location information available to riders.
“It’s also a growth issue; employers and younger workers are moving to more walkable areas served by transit,” Indy Chamber President Michael Huber said in a statement after the vote. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2016/05/09/council-expected-vote-putting-rapid-transit-funding-ballot/84147010/
As someone who has depended on the Indianapolis city bus system for 40 years, these are extremely welcome developments, and I hope the referendum passes. Your vote would be greatly appreciated!