Meetings Set For Proposed Rapid Transit Line

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Central Indiana's transportation initiative is set to hold three public meetings to discuss a proposed bus route. Indy Connect says the Purple Rapid Transit Line would run on Indianapolis' north side and serve locations including the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indiana State Fairgrounds. May 1, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - As part of the ongoing Indy Connect planning process, the public is invited to learn more and provide feedback on the Purple Rapid Transit Line at three public meetings.

The Purple Rapid Transit Line is being studied to determine its route, station locations, vehicle type (bus rapid transit or light rail), and service characteristics. The study corridor generally follows 38th Street and the Purple Line could serve key destinations like Eagle Highlands, Lafayette Square, Healthplex, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Meadows, and the City of Lawrence.

During the meetings, residents, businesses and neighborhood groups will have a chance to review initial analysis and maps of the proposed line and provide input to help guide the study as it moves forward. At each meeting there will be a short, interactive presentation and plenty of time to talk with planners about the Purple Line.

The three sessions will be:

-Tuesday, May 13 from 5 to 6:30 at the North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St.

-Wednesday, May 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the East 38th Street Branch Library

-Thursday, May 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Big Car Service Center, 3819 Lafayette Rd.

"Planning the Purple Line is the next step in working toward an improved and expanded transit system," said Anna Gremling, executive director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. "We recently completed similar studies for the Red and Blue Lines, and we’re working toward finalizing recommendations for the Green Line."

When fully implemented, the Indy Connect plan will add five rapid transit lines (Red, Blue, Green, Purple and Orange), double the current local bus service and add express bus routes and community circulators. It would connect to IndyGo's Downtown Transit Center, which opens in 2015 and will serve as a central downtown hub for destinations, boardings and transfers.

To take an IndyGo bus to the public meeting, visit www.Indygo.net to plan your trip or call 317-635-3344. Bilingual support and sign language interpretation is available upon request by calling 317-327-5136.

For more information on the Indy Connect plan, visit us at www.indyconnect.org, or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Indy Connect