|Parent||Indianapolis Public Transportation Commission|
|Headquarters||1501 West Washington Street|
|Service area||Indianapolis and Marion County|
|Fuel type||Diesel and Diesel-Electric Hybrid|
|Chief executive||Michael Terry|
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (March 2008)|
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 is expected to be completed by spring of 2016.
The Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be a hub for public transit.
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.
IndyGo operates 32 fixed routes with some 4,000 stops, bus frequency varying 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; the Red Line remained a free route until January 2009, when it became a regularly priced route. The Red Line is set to retire in the Fall of 2015 when then Downtown Transit Center opens 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.;
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.
Final destinations by route
- 2 Downtown to 33rd and Downey (Select Trips Only)
- 2C Downtown 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 (Select Trips Only)
- 4 Downtown to Finance Center and Ivy Tech via 56th
- 4A Downtown to Finance Center and Ivy Tech via 38th
- 4B Downtown to Community Hospital North (Select Trips Only)
- 5EB 36th and Totem to Sherman and 38th
- 5WB Sherman and 38th to 36th and Totem
- 8EB Airport or Indianapolis Zoo to Meijer on E. Washington
- 8WB Meijer on East Washington to Airport
- 8G Meijer on East Washington to Indianapolis Zoo (Offers 15 minute frequency Early AM-Early PM)
- 10EB Glen Arm and Westaven, Cranston and Welcome Way, or Raceway and 10th to Walmart on East Washington
- 10WB Walmart on East Washington to Glen Arm and Westhaven
- 10A Walmart on East Washington to Raceway and 10th or Cranston and Welcome Way (Offers 20 minute Frequency Early AM-Early PM)
- 11 Downtown to Western Select
- 11C Downtown to Crossroads- 33rd and Post (Select Trips Only)
- 12 Downtown to Main and Sherman
- 12A Downtown to Keystone and National (Select Trips Only)
- 13 Downtown to Main and Sherman
- 13A Downtown to Keystone and National (Select Trips Only)
- 14 Downtown to the Kmart on Emerson and Thompson
- 15 Downtown to Glen Arm and Westhaven
- 16 Downtown to the Walmart on Emerson and County Line Rd.
- 17 Downtown to Glendale Town Center via Broad Ripple
- 17A Downtown to Glendale Town Center via Kessler
- 18A Downtown to Keystone at the Crossing
- 18B Downtown to 91st and Meridian
- 19 Downtown to Shadeland and 75th via 52nd
- 19A Downtown to Shadeland and 75th via 46th
- 21 Downtown to Walmart on East Washington
- 22 Downtown to Community Hospital South
- 24 Downtown to Ameriplex
- 25 Downtown to Speedway Shopping Center
- 25M Downtown to Renn and Moller (Select Trips Only)
- 26SB Keystone at the Crossing to Kmart on Emerson and Thompson
- 26NB Kmart on Emerson and Thompson to Keystone and the Crossing
- 28 Downtown to St Vincent Women's Hospital
- 30EB LaRue Carter Hospital to Eastgate
- 30WB Eastgate to LaRue Carter Hospital
- 31 Downtown to Greenwood Rural King and Smith Valley (Select Trips Only)
- 31A Downtown to Greenwood Park Mall
- 34 Downtown to St. Vincent Hospital
- 37 Downtown to Intech Park
- 38 Downtown to Eagle Creek Parkway
- 39 Downtown to 3500 N. Mitthoefer via 42nd
- 39A Downtown to 3500 N. Mitthoefer via 38th
- 55 Downtown to Eastgate
- 55A Downtown to Eastgate via Redcats (Select Trips Only)
- 55B Downtown to Eastgate via English Village (Select Trips Only)
- 86EB Traders Point to Community Hospital North
- 86WB Community Hospital North to Traders Point
Prior to 1997, 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 Chamerlain University
- 9701-9810: Gillig 1997 and 1998 Phantom Coaches, these buses used to come 40ft long, the last 2 were retired in the summer of 2015.
- 1986–2006: Orion I single-door coaches.
- 1996–2000: Metrotrans Eurotrans coaches.
- 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.
- 9901-9928: Novabus, IndyGo purchased these in 2013 to replace the aging fleet of Gillig Phantoms that were still in service at the time.
- 0130-0140: New Flyer Industries Low Floor, these buses were purchased at the same time as the Nova Buses were purchased.
- 0201-0216: Articuluated coaches, these buses were purchased to hold more passengers on much more busier routes, they are 60 ft. long.
- 2026-2074: 2000 Gillig Low-Floor coaches. These are the oldest Low Floors in Service, they come in a lengths of 35 ft and 40 ft. Some have been discontinued for various reasons such as some involved in accidents, a few have caught on fire, and others have major mechanical issues in which they can't be fixed
- 2301-2324: 2003 Gillig Low-Floor Coaches, they only come in a length of 40 ft, these look similar to the ones that were purchased in 2000. **#2322 has been discontinued due to an accident.
- 2401H-2403H: 2004 Gillig Hybrid bus, there are only 3 buses that were bought in 2004,
- 2701-2710: 2007 Gillig Low-Floor Coaches,these buses only come in a length of a 40 ft, they look exactly like the ones from 2003 and 2000,except the back looks a tad bit different.
- 1001-1011: 2010 Gillig BRT's, these new Gilligs were purchased in 2010 and featured significant design changes from previous models.
- H1012-H1022: 2010 Gillig Hybrid BRT's, these buses were purchased because they save on fuel and they are cleaner for the environment
- H1301-H1304: 2013 Gillig Hybrid BRT's, these are just like the hybrids from 2010.
- 1401-1412: 2014 Gillig BRT's, these are the neweset buses purchased by IndyGo, there are really no significant design changes, as they look similar to the ones from 2010, one thing that is different about them though is whenever they go under a tunnel or at night the brightness on the head sign and side sign will change so riders can see it better and they don't have to worry about it flashing right in their face.
- 1501-1513: 2015 Gillig BRT's, the only changes to the buses from the 1400 series is the inside with updated handicap seating and updated technology and the color scheme looks a little bit different
- 0001-0021: ZEPS Electric buses, these buses were purchased to be used during the morning and evening rush hours and routes that are not that long as they will only hold a charge for 130 miles, IndyGo started service for these on June 15, 2015, they still have some issues that are being worked out
IndyGo also operates 40 Flexible Service vans and employs a contractor to operate an additional 40.
- "Fourth Quarter 2013" (PDF). Public Transportation Ridership Report. American Public Transportation Association. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- Tuohy, John (August 11, 2015). "Indy’s bus rapid transit plan begins move to express lane". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
- IndyGo News Release: IndyGo to discontinue Blue Line, highlight future enhancements
- IndyGo board approves fare increases
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