Last week, I was able to attend the Red Line’s public meeting at the Indianapolis Art Center. There were detailed section maps from the near north side up to Broad Ripple, which were exciting to see. The Red Line has also released some meeting posters in PDF form, which is worth a look as well.
The bus is planning on taking up the center of the street on both Meridian Street and College Avenue. There will be 2 dedicated lanes on Meridian, and one on College. Along College, the buses will be able to pass one another only at the stations. They are connected by 38th Street, which will be a bit more of a mix with the current traffic configuration.
After hearing some feedback from the neighborhood, the College Avenue alignment has been altered to allow for more parallel parking near the nodes, which is shown on the map below in purple:
Note that these are just preliminary ideas, and not finalized, so more fine tuning could occur. Overall, this alignment will make the service fast, efficient, and prioritized.
The rapid transit service will mean a big change for residents, so it will have to be well marketed, with the best community outreach possible. Yes, there will be dedicated U-turns at the stations. Yes, there will be a low-running concreteÂ median in between the stations so that cars can’t turn left at the side streets. Yes, you can get downtown, the south side, or to Broad Ripple. It will be aboard a frequently running bus with Wifi. No need to fight traffic, or to worry about finding a parking spot at your destination.
I’m very excited about the potential for this line. If all goes well, and we get the go ahead from the federal grant next year, Indianapolis is finally going to put all of our many studies and theories to the test.