IndyGo Drives Downtown Indianapolis Transportation

IndyGo is the main resource for Indianapolis downtown bus transportation. Run by the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, IndyGo offers 33 affordable fixed routes throughout the city. Getting around downtown is a breeze with IndyGo. Routes are designated for IUPUI campus transit, downtown transit, and other locations throughout Indianapolis and Indy suburbs.

Don’t want to deal with the stress of downtown parking for a game at Lucas Oil Stadium or Conseco Fieldhouse? IndyGo will take you practically anywhere! Of IndyGo’s 33 fixed routes, 26 of them go to or through downtown Indianapolis. The most popular routes are the Green Line and the Red Line, which service the Indianapolis International Airport and IUPUI respectively. Popular stops along IndyGo routes include the Circle Centre Mall, Marion County Public Library, Indianapolis International Airport, Indy Parks, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), Indianapolis YMCAs and many other locations. Most of IndyGo operations service the Indianapolis metro area, but recently services were added to Carmel and Greenwood. This program is called the IndyGo Commuter Express, and is mainly used for business related downtown transportation.

The bus service began in 1953, when the city coverted the streetcar system into bus routes. The city of Indianapolis took over operation of the transit system in the mid 1970s, creating the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation. At first, the company’s name was Metro Bus, but in 1996 they adopted the title of IndyGo.

IndyGo’s mission is “to provide customer focused, fiscally responsible and a diversified public transportation program that is safe, clean and reliable for citizens and visitors of Marion County.” More than 9.5 million passengers use IndyGo for downtown transportation each year. IndyGo buses traveled approximately 9,000,000 miles in 2008.

Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation has worked hard to keep fares at a minimum. A one-way ride on an IndyGo bus costs only $1.75. Customers also have the option of buying weekly or monthly passes, ranging from $20 to $60. The corporation operates from federal, state, local and fare funding. IndyGo also manages Central Indiana Commuter Services (CICS), which is a government funded operation that enables ride-sharing and carpooling throughout the county. CICS services Marion County and surrounding counties.

IndyGo offers a paratransit service for people with disabilities, called Open Door. Customers with disabilies preventing them from riding on IndyGo’s regular buses are encouraged to apply for the Open Door program, which has fixed routes and flexible cab-like services. This option provides Indianapolis residents with safe and reliable transportation for the disabled.

Operating hours depend on individual bus routes, but finding the right one is made easy with IndyGo’s comprehensive maps and schedules. Generally, the routes are in service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. IndyGo features flexible routes for late-night downtown transportation.

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