The City of Fishers says it will discontinue financial support of an express bus route. Officials tell the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority of the decision regarding the Indy Express Bus service is due to decreasing ridership. February 2, 2015
FISHERS, Ind. – The City of Fishers notified the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 that it would discontinue the subsidy of the Indy Express Bus service from Fishers in May 2015. CIRTA notified riders of the service cancellation today, Feb. 2.
In 2014, Fishers’ officials agreed to fund the rental and maintenance of the Eastern Star parking lot for riders’ parking and subsidize expenses when ridership dipped below the breakeven point. Since then, Fishers has paid out an estimated $35,000 to keep the bus in service.
To breakeven, there must be 116 rides per day on the Indy Express Bus. While average ridership varies month to month, ridership has decreased each month since June 2014, well as compared to the same time period in 2013.
Consistent with Fishers’ prior commitment to CIRTA, Fishers provided a ninety day notice of cancellation and will discontinue all payments as of May 1, 2015.
Source: The City of Fishers