A spokesperson for IndyGo says the 13.1-mile Red Line project is set to be complete on schedule in September. In an interview with our partners at WFYI, Lauren Day said work on the project got started about five months later than planned, however IndyGo’s acceleration of construction has put the effort back on track.
Day said a change of administration at the federal level and a delay in utility work led to the late start for the project, but September is still the target to open for service.
"That gives us enough time to do some training and testing with our operators on the ground, do that final punch list at all of the stations, load up all the advertising, the wayfinding, information for the riders at the stations themselves and also do some fun stuff to start the celebration," said Day. "We really want to make sure that people know that this is about improved connectivity (and) improved accessibility."
Construction on the Red Line began in June after IndyGo secured $75 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The 13.1-mile stretch runs from Broad Ripple Village on Indy’s north side through downtown before ending at the University of Indianapolis on the south side. It is the first phase of an overall $96 million effort that will connect Westfield to Greenwood.
Day says when the first phase opens for service, IndyGo riders throughout the county will benefit.
"The other really exciting thing that will happen the same night before we open the Red Line is that all of the buses will also be running more frequently," said Day. "So the whole network throughout the county is getting better, which is a really big deal."
IndyGo says crews have also completed various infrastructure issues, including:
- 14,148 linear feet of sidewalk replaced
- 25 station platforms constructed
- 14,889 linear feet of storm sewer installed
- 21, 085 linear feet of curb replaced
- 238 ADA curb ramps
- 66 traffic signals upgraded
- 19 lane miles of paving
You can listen to the full interview with Day from WFYI by clicking here.
Day says September is still the target to open for service.