Last evening, IndyGo released a Google Map enabled view of their detailed plans for the proposed Red Line Bus Rapid Transit route. There are a lot of interesting features included, which will be featured in this post from North to South:
North turnaround at 66th and College:
Any bus transit line will usually have an issue with how it turns around at its final destination. I say usually here, because people can be creative. This part of College Avenue actually has an old right-of-way that parallels the newer street configuration, so it can be used for this function:
I’m not going to spend this post talking too much about all of the individual station alignments. There are too many of them, and it has been covered a bit in the past. I will add a snapshot of the College and Broad Ripple station. Notice that Carrollton Avenue has been switched to a one-way northbound street. Also, a possible right turn lane which would take 8 feet of sidewalk space, which would be unfortunate:
This is quite exciting to me. I mentioned at a Red Line meeting that I thought there needed to be more crosswalks for pedestrians in between the stations and signaled intersections. IndyGoÂ listened, and has proposed crosswalks for 56th, 44th, and 40th Streets across College Avenue. Never doubt that public participation can make a difference, especially when it is made at the appropriate occasions. Â I’m not going to take credit for this, as I’m sure others also mentioned the crosswalk idea. But, the more they hear stuff like this, the more realistic it will be to see the request fulfilled.
There are also crosswalks proposed for at 24th and 36th Streets where they cross Meridian Street, for example. These crosswalks will help make streets that are tough to cross on foot more navigable:
An Urban “Michigan Left” at 38th and Meridian:
I’ve heard from planners that 38th and Meridian was a big logistical hurdle. Their proposed solution is interesting, as close to a “Michigan Left” as we’ll likely see in the urban setting. Vehicles who wish to turn left from Meridian to 38th Street first need to turn right, and then make a U-turn at the Pennsylvania Street light:
Skywalk to the Children’s Museum:
This got quite a bit of twitter chatter when it was noticed. Skywalks are abhorred by traditional urbanists for taking humans off of the street an into an elevated tube. I don’t really love them, and there are certainly some I think are unneeded. This one doesn’t bother me much, and maybe it will even look neat. Insert shrug emoji here: Â Â¯\_(ãƒ„)_/Â¯
A Two-Way Illinois Street Protected Bike Lane:
Something that would be easy to miss with all of the attention focused on the Red Line alignment is that there’s a two-way protected bike lane between 18th Street and Washington on Illinois Street. This is a good thing:
What’s a BAT Lane? Well, don’t feel bad if you don’t know, I had to look it up as well. Basically, it’s a way to integrate the bus with turning vehicles. These lanes appear to be mostly downtown.
How are we going to deal with removing parallel parking along streets such as Capitol Avenue downtown? Well, by adding angled parking toÂ the other side of the street:
After going through downtown, the Red Line is planned to go down Virginia Avenue and Shelby Street towards the University of Indianapolis. There are less dedicated lanes on the southside, as there was less Right of Way for the planners to play with:
Full-Time Parking on Shelby Street:
One notable addition is the transition of Shelby from having part-time parallel parking towards full-time parking. This is something the neighborhood has been clamoring for, and is a good step towards calming the traffic.
The bus turnaround on the south side basically uses service streets for the University of Indianapolis:
ItÂ is very exciting to see the Red Line route in greater detail. They’ve also released an FAQ websiteÂ just in case any in the public are skeptical, but willing to learn more about the route.