Yesterday, Indy Connect made a big splash on local media with the public announcement of a $2 million dollar grant for engineering along the proposed Red Line from Carmel to Greenwood. Â This post intends to give a quick rundown of the information that we know, as well as provide the public a peek into how the buses will be run. Â First, the links from local media:
Next, a link to the pdf document released from the city. Â Some highlights below:
That last image is interesting, because it displays a new technology that has been demonstrated in Switzerland by a firm known as ABB. Indianapolis is planning for these buses to be all-electric, and this new technology is exciting as it eliminates the need for unsightly overhead wires. A video that highlights the benefits is embedded below:
All of this sounds exciting, but it is important to temper expectations a bit. As the Indy Star article mentions, a lot could still get in the way of getting this system from being built. Also, we still don’t know how much of the system will be in dedicated bus lanes, or the buses will still have to compete with auto traffic. However, it’s nice to get excited about the potential. The city’s document gives the public a plan to rally around as we look to finally address our long-standing issues with mass transit.