Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation

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Parent Indianapolis Public Transportation Commission
Founded 1975
Headquarters 1501 West Washington Street
Locale Indianapolis, Indiana
Service area Indianapolis and Marion County
Service type Bus
Routes 31
Stops 7,000+
Destinations Marion County
Hubs Julia M. Carson Transit Center
Fleet 168
Daily ridership 31,600[1]
Fuel type Diesel and Diesel-Electric Hybrid
Chief executive Michael Terry

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, branded as IndyGo, is a municipal corporation of Indianapolis, Indiana. IndyGo manages and operates the city's public bus transit system.


IndyGo's history begins in 1953 when the city's streetcar system was converted to bus routes, most of which followed the same routes as used by the streetcars. The city of Indianapolis took over public transportation in 1975 and established the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation to administer bus services. The corporation originally operated buses under the name Metro Bus; the IndyGo name was adopted in 1996. Portions of the system were briefly privatized in the 1990s, but the move proved unpopular, and all operations were ultimately taken over by the city.

IndyGo has seen a near-constant trend of decreasing ridership since the 1970s and continues to explore options for revitalization. "Express" bus routes were used in the 1980s as an attempt to gain more middle-class riders from outlying areas, but the routes were largely discontinued by the early 2000s (decade). In the fall of 2007, IndyGo resumed express routes including one to Indianapolis International Airport.

In early 2006, the city approved preparations for a new transit center, similar to ones in Columbus and Charlotte. Construction of the new Transit Center began in 2015 and it opened in June 2016. Today, it is called the Julia M. Carson Transit Center.

Indy Connect[edit]

Indy Connect is a $1.2 billion plan to create a network of bus rapid transit lines, bikeways, and walkways. The first segment to be constructed will be phase one of the Red Line, traveling 14 miles (23 km) from Broad Ripple Avenue to the University of Indianapolis.[2]

Julia M. Carson Transit Center[edit]

The Julia M. Carson Center officially opened on June 21, 2016, with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. The Customer Service Retail Center moved from their location at 34 N. Delaware St. to the Transit Center the day after. Bus service officially began running from the Transit Center on June 26. IndyGo offered free rides to all passengers from June 26 – July 4, 2016, and additional service on the 4th of July to help customers get home from the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast.


A map at a Blue Line bus stop.

IndyGo operates 31 fixed routes with some 7,000 stops; bus frequency varies on the population density along the route. The system carries approximately 10.2 million passengers annually, traveling a total distance of about 9 million miles. While IndyGo provides bus service primarily in Indianapolis, certain IndyGo fixed routes extend south of the city into Johnson County.

The Blue Line downtown circulator route was added in 2005 to attract passengers and saw considerable ridership. In late 2006, IndyGo complemented the Blue Line with the introduction of the Red Line, which runs between Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and downtown, with 15-minute frequency. The Blue Line’s ridership declined as federal funding allotted for the route ran out, and the route was discontinued after December 31, 2007;[3] the Red Line remained a free route until January 2009 when it became a regularly priced route.[4] The Red Line retired when then Downtown Transit Center opened which means that IUPUI service will be covered by Routes 3, 10, and 37, along with 15-minute frequency on Michigan St. and New York St.;[5]

In the fall of 2007, IndyGo introduced an express route operated by a contractor, using ADA-accessible MCI J4500 motor coaches, the route running from downtown to the northern suburb of Fishers in Hamilton County, the most populous suburban county of Indianapolis. In March 2008, an additional express route to Carmel (also in Hamilton County) was launched, followed in March 2009 by express service to Greenwood, a southern suburb in Johnson County. The ICE Express Routes to Greenwood, Fishers, and Carmel were discontinued in 2010 after their federal grants expired.

Route List[edit]

Final Destinations by Route[edit]

  • 2 DTC to Western Select
  • 2C DTC to Crossroads/33rd and Post
  • 3EB Mickley and Rockville to Arlington and 46th
  • 3WB Arlington and 46th to Mickley and Rockville
  • 3A Mickley and Rockville to Ellenburger Park
  • 4 DTC to Ivy Tech Lawerence via 56th St.
  • 4B DTC to Community Hospital North
  • 5 DTC to Sherman and 38th
  • 6 DTC to 36th and Totem
  • 8EB Meijer to Airport
  • 8WB Airport to Meijer
  • 8G Meijer to Indianapolis Zoo
  • 10EB Walmart East Washington to Glenarm and Westhaven
  • 10WB Glenarm and Westhaveb to Walmart East Washington
  • 10A Walmart East Washington to Cranston and Welcome Way
  • 11 DTC to Noble of Indiana
  • 12 DTC to Main and Sherman
  • 12A DTC to Keystone and National
  • 13 DTC to Main and Sherman
  • 13A DTC to Keystone and National
  • 14 DTC to Emerson and Thompson
  • 15 DTC to Glenarm and Westhaven
  • 16 DTC to Greenwood Walmart
  • 17 DTC to Glendale Town Center
  • 18 DTC to Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing
  • 19 DTC to 75th/Shadeland via 52nd
  • 19A DTC to 75th/Shadeland via 46th
  • 21 DTC to Washington Square Mall
  • 22 DTC to Community Hospital South
  • 24 DTC to Ameriplex
  • 25 DTC to Lafayette Rd. Walmart
  • 26SB The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing to Emerson and Thompson
  • 26NB Emerson and Thompson to The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing
  • 28 DTC to St. Vincent Women's Hospital
  • 30EB Eastgate to LaRue Carter Memorial Hospital
  • 30WB LaRue Carter Memorial Hospital to Eastgate
  • 31 DTC to Greenwood Rural King
  • 31A DTC to Greenwood Park Mall
  • 34 DTC to St. Vincent Hospital
  • 37 DTC to Intech Park
  • 38 DTC to Eagle Creek Parkway
  • 39 DTC to 3500 Mitthoefer via 42nd
  • 39A DTC to 3500 Mitthoefer via 38th
  • 55 DTC to Eastgate
  • 86EB Traders Point to Community Hospital North
  • 86WB Community Hospital North to Traders Point


In the years when it was known as the Indianapolis Transit System, its standard fleet consisted mostly of dark orange/silverside GM Old Looks and GM New Looks, the latter 40 foot coaches and air-conditioned. When it became the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (adopting the Metro name) in 1975, the New Looks would become the workhorse of the fleet, with the agency adding AM General, GM's RTS-II series, GMDD Canada New Looks, and Orion I to the lineup as the New Looks were starting to show its age by the mid-1990s. These buses were painted white with brown-gold-brown stripes and the "Metro" name next to the exit door (save for the Canadian New Looks, which sported a bold black top around its windows) up until the change to the IndyGo branding in 1996.

By 1986, the buses that were in service at the time they had three greenish-blue stripes immediately below the windows and the word "Metro" near the front door. From 1997–2010 on the Phantoms and Low-Floor Coaches, they were painted white with one large dark green stripe on the right front window and one light green stripe over the first Window on the left side, dome of the newer ones from 2005 and 2007 had it painted in the back. Since 2010, all buses have been painted white and have a sleek blue cap at the top of them, along with green which is only on the hybrids, some of the ones from 2003 and 2007 have banner advertisements thrown over them, some currently on them is the Technology Green Recycling, Ken Nunn, Talk to Tucker Housing, and Old National Bank.


Indianapolis Transit System (1953–1975)[edit]

  • 901–925: 1955 GM Old Look (TDH 5105; ex-Denver Tramways, acquired 1962)
  • 1001–1062: 1951–52 GM Old Look (TDH 4509)
  • 1101–1170: 1957 GM Old Look (TDH5105)
  • 1201–1215, 1301–1315, 1401–1415: 1961–62 GM New Look (TDH5301)[6]
  • 1501–1515, 1610–1615, 1701–1715, 1801–1815: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 GM New Look (TDH5303, air conditioned)[7]
  • 1901–1917, 2001–2015: 1968 GM New Look (TDH5305A, air conditioned)[8]

Indianapolis Transit Company[edit]

  • 362: 1961 GM New Look (TDH4517)
  • 363: 1962 GM Suburban New Look (SDM4501)
  • 365: 1963 GM Suburban New Look (SDM4502)

Suburban Lines[edit]

  • 218: 1963 GMC Suburban New Look (SDH4502)
  • 222: 1966 GMC Suburban New Look (SDH4502)

City of Indianapolis[edit]

  • 736–737: GMC New Look (TDH3302A)

Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation/IndyGo (After 1975)[edit]

  • 7601–7660: 1975–76 AM General 10240A
  • 7701–7740: 1977 AM General 10240B
  • 901–902: 1979 Chance RT-50
  • 8001–8020: 1980 GM RTSII-03
  • 8201–8223: 1982 GMDD New Look 5307A
  • 8301–8350 (35 ft), 8601–8680, 8701–8715: 1983, 1986–87 40 ft Orion I single-door coaches.
  • 8401–8430: 1983–84 MAN articulated
  • 9701–9730, 9801–9810: Gillig 1997 and 1998 40' Phantom coaches. The last 2 units were retired in the summer of 2015.
  • 1996–2000: Metrotrans Eurotrans coaches (paratransit).
  • 2001–2025: 2000 Gillig Low Floors, these buses were only 29-foot (8.8 m) long; they were retired because they held fewer people and had a higher cost in fuel per mile.
  • 2026–2050 (35 ft) & 2051–2075 (40 ft): 2000 Gillig low floor buses.
  • 2401H-2402H: 2004 Gillig 40-foot low floor hybrid buses...Retired due to mechanical Issues

In Service[edit]

Purchased New[edit]

  • 2301–2324: 2003 Gillig 40-foot low floor buses. 2322 was retired due to damage from an accident.
  • 2701–2710: 2007 Gillig 40-foot low floor buses. These buses are identical to the 2003 Gillig low floors save the rear end design.
  • 1001–1011: 2010 Gillig 40-foot BRT buses. These buses feature significant design changes from previous Gillig models.
  • H1012-H1022: 2010 Gillig 40-foot BRT hybrid buses.
  • H1301-H1304: 2013 Gillig 40-foot BRT hybrid buses. These buses are identical to the previous Gillig BRT hybrids.
  • 1401–1413: 2014 Gillig 40-foot BRT buses. These buses have destination signs that can change in brightness depending on the brightness of the surroundings (such as going through tunnels or running in the nighttime).
  • 1501–1513: 2015 Gillig 40-foot BRT buses. These buses are identical to the 2014 Gillig BRTs save updated handicap seating, updated technology, and a different color scheme.
  • 1601–1613: 2016 Gillig 40-foot BRT buses. These buses are identical to the 2015 buses, except they have newer updated seating just like the electric buses and a brand new CAD system for the bus drivers, another change is that in previous models on the back of the buses it said "stop" now these have just brake lights like all the older low floor buses
  • 1701–1716: 2017 Gillig 40-foot BRT Buses. These buses look exactly like the 2016 buses, except the seating goes back to the same style as the 2015 buses and before

IndyGo also operates 40 Flexible Service vans and employs a contractor to operate an additional 40.[9]

Purchased Secondhand[edit]

  • 9789–9799: 1997 New Flyer Industries D40LF 40-foot low floor buses. IndyGo purchased these from Santa Monica.
  • 9901–9928: 1999 Nova Bus LFS 40-foot low floor buses. IndyGo purchased 19 units (not numbered consecutively) in 2013 from COTA to replace its aging fleet of Gillig Phantoms that were still in service at the time. These buses get used mainly for routes that make a trip or 2 during the rush hour.
  • 0130-0140: 2000 New Flyer Industries D40LF 40-foot low floor buses. IndyGo purchased these buses from COTA at the same time as the Nova Bus LFSs. These buses get used on most routes since they are still in good condition
  • 0001-0021: 2000–2001 Gillig 40-foot low floor buses with ZEPS electric powertrains. IndyGo purchased these buses in 2015 for operation on shorter routes, as the buses can go 130 miles on a single charge
  • 0201-0217: 2002 New Flyer Industries D60LF 60-foot articulated low floor buses.[10] IndyGo purchased these buses from Los Angeles to hold more passengers on much more busier routes.


  1. ^ "Fourth Quarter 2016 Ridership" (PDF). Public Transportation Ridership Report. American Public Transportation Association. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Tuohy, John (August 11, 2015). "Indy's bus rapid transit plan begins move to express lane". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ IndyGo News Release: IndyGo to discontinue Blue Line, highlight future enhancements Archived 2010-11-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ IndyGo board approves fare increases Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ TDH 5301
  7. ^ TDH 5303
  8. ^ TDH 5305A
  9. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on April 10, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 

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