Purple Line planned for Lawrence to downtown Indy

Posted at 11:03 AM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 11:03:05-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- First the Red Line, now the Purple Line. 

IndyGo released the latest plans for the next component of the Marion County Transit Plan in a June meeting.

That is the Purple Line, a route from Lawrence, Indiana to downtown Indianapolis. It will run every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends.

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The recommended Purple Line stops are subject to change, but they currently are: 

  • Ivy Tech/Fort Harrison
  • 56th Street and Post Road
  • Pendleton Pike and Post
  • 42nd and Post
  • 38th and Post
  • 38th and Alsace Drive
  • 38th and Franklin Road
  • 38th and Richardt Street
  • 38th and Shadeland Avenue
  • 38th and Arlington Avenue
  • 38th and Layman Avenue
  • 38th and Emerson Avenue
  • 38th and Drexel Avenue
  • 38th and Sherman Drive
  • 38th and Meadows Drive
  • 38th and Keystone Avenue
  • 38th and Orchard Avenue
  • Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • 38th and Park Avenue
  • 38th and Meridian Street
  • 34th and Meridian
  • Fall Creek and Meridian
  • 22nd and Meridian
  • 18th and Meridian 
  • 16th and Meridian
  • 12th and Meridian
  • 9th and Meridian


According to the Purple Line stakeholder presentation, there are four different lane configurations that are being evaluated for the route.

One is curb running, meaning the buses would use the right lane and the bus lane would be shared with right turns.

Another is left running, meaning the bus lane in the left would be shared with left turns.

The third is median exclusive, meaning regular traffic is on the outside of two exclusive bus lanes.

The last is bi-directional exclusive, which is similar to median exclusive, but there is only one lane for buses. 

The Purple Line is scheduled to open in 2020.

There are four upcoming public meetings to discuss stop placement, lane configuration and downtown routing.

The meetings will take place:

Monday, July 10
City of Lawrence Government Center
9001 E. 59th Street, Lawrence
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 11
Meadows YMCA
3908 Meadows Drive, Indianapolis
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 12
8902 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monday, July 17
Central Library
40 E. St Clair Street, Indianapolis
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Monday, July 17
Central Library
40 E. St Clair Street, Indianapolis
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.