Blue Line not so blue 

IndyGo ready for downtown riders

IndyGo ready for downtown riders

IndyGo’s Blue Line route, meant to be an inexpensive alternative for tourists and people working downtown, never lived up to its potential after its launch in 2003. But officials hope a revamped line with no fare charge and new electric hybrid buses will get people riding. “We’ve restructured the grant [paying for the program] to fit the needs of our customers,” said IndyGo planner Annette Darrow.

The line — which runs around the mile square of downtown — has consolidated a few stops while adding others, like one at the City Market. “We’re working with local businesses as well,” said IndyGo spokesperson Ronnetta Slaughter. “We want to get their employees excited about the new line opportunity. We want people to stop getting in their car for a short drive downtown.”

The Blue Line uses two buses that can accommodate 22 passengers each. Both are wheelchair accessible. And the stops are marked with new, large signs. The buses will run on a 10-minute frequency seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

“Over the past two years, we have taken an inventory of the Blue Line’s service and overall effectiveness,” said IndyGo President and CEO Gilbert Holmes. “The new route is a part of our ongoing efforts to enhance public transportation on behalf of our customers and their communities.”

In cities like Chicago and New York, residents and tourists commonly use bus lines and other forms of public transportation. The Indianapolis Blue Line could help make that happen here. “Millions of local residents and visitors frequent downtown attractions every year. It’s important that guests have an easy way to get from one destination to another,” said Tamara Zahn, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. president. “This improved route and free transportation service provide a valuable resource to all downtown visitors, employees and residents.”

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