INDIANAPOLIS -- A big step forward for the IndyGo Red Line Bus Rapid Transit project.
The Federal Transportation Administration recommended Monday that $75 million be released for construction.
That means 80 percent of the first stage of the Red Line will be funded, provided that President Obama signs the budget bill covering it.
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Construction will begin in spring 2017 and will take about 18 months to complete.
The 13-mile section will go from Broad Ripple to UIndy on the south side.
When complete, the Red Line will stretch for 35-miles and through three-counties from Westfield through Carmel, into downtown Indy, and to Greenwood.
The Red Line will be the nation's first battery-powered all electric BRT system.
Johnson and Hamilton Counties still need to pass referenda to pay for their portions of the project.