INDIANAPOLIS - IndyGo is postponing the new route network and grid-based system changes that were planned to go into effect in June because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grid-based bus network, which IndyGo began implementing earlier this year, is meant to increase efficiency for riders by offering more transfer options, improved frequency and longer service hours.
The postponement of the new system is just one of many changes IndyGo has made in recent weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the March meeting, the IndyGo Board of Directors authorized running Saturday service on weekdays and temporarily suspended fare collection. It is still unclear how long those measures will remain in place, although Mayor Hogsett has not announced any expansion of the city's current stay-at-home order, which is currently set to expire on May 1.
"IndyGo is closely monitoring guidance from government and health officials as it determines the safest and most efficient way to operate service moving forward," IndyGo said in a release sent out Friday morning.
In addition to the postponement of the new grid-based network, the Board of Directors has also postponed any other planned service modifications, such as bus stop changes.
“IndyGo is proud of the work we’ve done to gather rider feedback and adjust our proposed network accordingly, and we’re excited to implement this new network,” said Bryan Luellen, Vice President of Public Affairs for IndyGo. “Right now, our focus is on keeping our staff safe and protecting our service as we transport riders making essential trips around Indianapolis.”
"IndyGo encourages riders to follow the guidelines set by health and government officials and limit travel to essential trips only," IndyGo said in their release. "This will help keep our operators and passengers safe and ensure we can maintain essential service. IndyGo has implemented additional measures to keep our buses and facility clean and healthy. To learn more about IndyGo’s response to the coronavirus, visit indygo.net/health."