IndyGo’s Blue Line is targeted again this session with new legislation filed at the Statehouse.
The bill filed by Sen. Jack Sandlin (R-Indianapolis) aims to prohibit dedicated bus lanes outside of Indianapolis’ mile square. That would effectively cancel IndyGo’s planned Blue Line with service along Washington Street to the Indianapolis International Airport.
The line would be Marion County’s third bus rapid transit line in a year’s long plan to improve mass transit. Using dedicated lanes, the routes are intended to more effectively move bus traffic and improve service.
IndyGo is set to receive federal funding to cover nearly half of the 220 million dollar project. Years of planning have gone into the line that also includes infrastructure improvement along the westside corridor with miles of new sidewalks, pavement, ADA ramps and traffic signals.
This is not the first time the Blue Line has been under scrutiny. Last session, a measure from Republican Sen. Aaron Freeman (Indianapolis) sought to change IndyGo’s funding arraignment.
The bill has been assigned to a committee on rules and legislative procedure.