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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The downtown IndyGo transit center is nearly complete. It is the first of what will be years of changes coming to transit in Indianapolis.

IndyGo officials hope the new transit hub will not only make taking the bus much easier, but that it will increase ridership in the years to come.

“What the opening of this center is going to be a testament for is the continued growth and expansion of our transit system here in Indianapolis,” said Bob Schultz, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Downtown Indy Inc.

“The transit center is one of those elements that really is elevating transit here in Indianapolis. We’re thinking about the future. We know that it’s an essential element of a vibrant and growing city so we bring some dignity to it with this beautiful building,” said Lauren Day, Manager of Marketing and Communications for IndyGo.

The new transit center will be the hub for IndyGo bus transfers. The site will have minute-by-minute bus arrival updates and 19 bus docks. It is the first step in what will be years of changes coming to mass transit in Marion County.

In spring of 2017, construction begins on the red line, a rapid transit bus service that will take riders from Hamilton County, downtown and eventually to Greenwood. Also, Marion County residents will vote on a referendum on November’s ballot to fund the five year Marion County transit plan which aims to increase frequency and availability of bus rides throughout the county.

“Transit is one of those pieces that demonstrates kind of the vitality of your community. So people look for this, they look for other areas that we’re going to be expanding transit and say, that’s a city I want to be a part of,” said Schultz.

The growing downtown population means there is potential for increased ridership on IndyGo. Officials say a younger generation is looking less at driving themselves and more at an efficient mass transit system.

“We have a different community than we’ve ever had and the demand for downtown living is at an all-time high. Transit plays a role in that and we want to continue to see that further development,” said Schultz.

The official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the transit center is Tuesday at 3 p.m.

 

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