Public transit systems play a vital role in ensuring that a sustainable environment exists in our City. Provided by the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, IndyGo’s public transportation system offers 29 fixed bus routes with close to 4,500 stops around the City. IndyGo offers convenient routes, such as the Green Line Downtown/Airport Express, which delivers non-stop service from the Indianapolis International Airport to Downtown Indianapolis daily from 5 AM – 9 PM. IndyGo also operates the Commuter Express, with service from Fishers and Carmel to Downtown daily.
IndyGo provides more than 8.5 million rides a year, with each ride saving our City valuable natural resources. On average, a rider consumes one half the oil or gas he/she would consume if riding in an automobile. Along with gas savings, public transportation reduces the amount of air pollution that enter the air from vehicle emissions. IndyGo provides Indianapolis citizens with transportation options that offer productive drive time and reduced stress from driving in congested traffic, while resulting in a cleaner environment. For more information about IndyGo including routes click here.
Several drivers carpooling together also reduces air pollution from vehicle traffic. Central Indiana Commuter Services (CICS) is a federally funded IndyGo service that offers commuting solutions to employees and employers in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. Learn more about carpooling here.
As part of a multi-phase, federally-funded evaluation study started in 2002 called Directions, local consultants are examining system options and conducting a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed regional rapid transit starter system in Indianapolis.
Getting out of the car and walking to nearby destinations can be good for the environment and for the health of our citizen’s. Sidewalks exist in many parts of our City and are being added to more and more areas as a way of connecting people to places. Walking instead of driving, can be a convenient and no-pollution method of shopping, traveling to work, going to parks and other destinations.
The local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has evaluated current and future pedestrian travel needs. As a requirement for receiving federal funding for airport, transit or highway improvements, each urbanized area with a population over 50,000 is required to have a MPO charged with comprehensive transportation planning. Transportation planners from the City’s Department of Metropolitan Development make up the City’s MPO.To view the MPO’s Regional Pedestrian Plan, click here.