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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 28
Stops 5,000
Hubs Julia M. Carson Transit Center
Fleet 150
Daily ridership 36,000[1]
Fuel type Diesel and Diesel-Electric Hybrid
Chief executive Michael Terry

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, branded as IndyGo, operates the public transit system for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana.


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 opened in June of 2016.

The Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be a hub for public transit.

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]

Transit Center[edit]

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


A map at a Blue Line bus stop.

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;[3] the Red Line remained a free route until January 2009, when it became a regularly priced route.[4] 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.;[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 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


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, 8601-8680, 8701-8715: 1983, 1986-87 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.

In Service[edit]

  • 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.
  • 0201-0217: Articuluated coaches,[9] these buses were purchased to hold more passengers on much more busier routes, they are 60 ft. long.
  • 2026-2050 (35 ft), 2051-2075 (40 ft): 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-2402H: 2004 Gillig Hybrid bus, there are only 2 buses that were bought in 2004,
  • 2701-2710: 2007 Gillig Low-Floor Coaches,these buses 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.[10]


  1. ^ "Fourth Quarter 2013" (PDF). Public Transportation Ridership Report. American Public Transportation Association. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  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
  4. ^ IndyGo board approves fare increases
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ TDH 5301
  7. ^ TDH 5303
  8. ^ TDH 5305A
  9. ^
  10. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on April 10, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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