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IndyGo Purple Line transit proposal advances in City-County Council

Line would link downtown and Lawrence
Posted at 9:07 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 21:11:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The evolution of the IndyGo bus mass transit Purple Line took a significant step forward Thursday in a committee of the Indianapolis City-County Council.

The council's Public Works Committee approved an ordinance for major changes on East 38th Street between Meridian Street and North Post Road. The measure now goes to the full council for consideration.

This proposal does not concern funding for the planned $155 million project. That money is expected to come from federal sources and the mass transit income tax passed by voters.

The Purple Line would link downtown with Lawrence on a route that heads north on Capitol Avenue, east on 18th Street, north on Meridian Street, east on 38th Street, and north on Post Road. The 13-mile route is expected to be ready in 2023.

The ordinance passed by the council committee Thursday covers repairs, changes and improvements to East 38th along the Purple Line's route.

Council Proposal 142 approves new pavement, more than nine-miles of new or repaired sidewalks, a three-mile multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, new traffic signals, and 355 curb ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new storm sewer facility is part of the plan.

There will also be fewer lanes for motorists. Much like the Red Line, the Purple Line will have new bus-only lanes and required turn restrictions for safety.

“IndyGo is pleased to be able to leverage the Purple Line project as an avenue for delivering valuable infrastructure to the community,” said Inez Evans, President and CEO of IndyGo. “I’d like to thank our partner organizations, board members, elected officials, and neighbors for their support of a project that will significantly improve the quality of transit service and the supporting infrastructure.”

More information about the project can be found at: