This morning, I was able to visit The Hall to view the Indygo route changes, which are set to come next year with the opening of the new Transit Center. I took some photos of the posterboards that are on display, but they are better seen in person. According to IndyGo on twitter, these changes will be online next Monday.
The downtown bus loop will be eliminated, affording more direct routes, and potentially shaving
a few minutes off of the time the buses spend in the downtown area:
Proposed midday frequency map. This one is tough to photograph:
I live near Broad Ripple, and I had limited time this morning, so I focused on the changes on the north side of town for now.
Here are the changes for the Broad Ripple and Lafayette SquareÂ Buses:
Eliminated routing appears in red, while the new routes appear in orange. The Broad Ripple bus is no longer called the College Avenue bus, as it is routed down Meridian Street south of 38th Street. This is the same alignment as the proposed Red Line. The bus will also travel down Broad Ripple Avenue 2 times and eliminate service along Kessler Boulevard. The Lafayette Square bus will cover College Avenue south of 38th Street.
Next are the changes for the Nora and CastletonÂ buses:
The Nora Bus will go past Butler’s campus, and will shift from Meridian to the Illinois/Capitol one way pairs. Â The Castleton bus nowÂ runs down Meridian Street south of 38th, but is otherwise unchanged.
There is much to be excited about regarding the potential for these changes. The IndyGo representative mentioned that the Meridian Street corridor may have a bus every 7 minutes at peak times. Any new development along that street should be as transit-friendly as possible.
I will summarize the other changes in future posts, as I’m going to attend the open house this evening from 4-6 pm.