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IndyGo Purple Line BRT receives USD81 million in grants from FTA, US [free access]

August 24, 2021

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a USD81 million grant to the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) for the development of Purple Line bus rapid transit (BRT) project in Central Indiana.


The 24.46-km (15.2-mile) Purple Line BRT will operate between downtown Indianapolis and northeast and downtown Lawrence, replacing majority of the existing Route 39 local bus service. The total project cost is USD162 million, of which, USD81 million is being provided under FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.


The project includes development of 15.9 km (9.9 miles) of new and exclusive bus lanes, construction of 18 new stations, purchase of 15 60-foot electric buses, and installation of transit priority signals at 30 intersections along the route. The service plan includes operation along an 8.52-km (5.3-mile) section of the existing Red Line BRT alignment, covering 13 existing stations.


Revenue service is scheduled to begin in July 2024, with an annual operating cost of USD9.50 million.