City Celebrates The Red Line, IndyGo’s New Rapid Transit Line 1

IndyGo and the city of Indianapolis are ramping up for the launch of the Red Line — the city’s first rapid transit line — which runs for 13 miles down the center of the city, from Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis.

Featuring faster service, with buses running about every 10 minutes, the Red Line will operate 20 hours on most days.

Opening Sunday, Sept. 1, the city is rolling out the proverbial red carpet to celebrate. Why? Because it’s a big deal!

“The Red Line is a really impactful first investment for improving public transit access for all of Indianapolis,” said Lauren Day, director of public relations for IndyGo. “It covers a historically high ridership corridor for our service, where there’s a lot of people living and points of interest, a lot of opportunities for employment, and a lot of educational facilities. Being able to get there on reliable transit means that more people can go ‘car-lite’ or can rely on it to get them more access to opportunity and freedom.”

Festivities kick off Sept. 1 and run through Saturday, Sept. 7 — with one caveat: free rides in September on the Red Line.

Highlights include:

  • Volunteers at every Red Line station helping to answer questions and celebrating with riders.
  • Musicians playing at stations along the 13-mile route.
  • An extended Food Truck Friday on Sept. 6.
  • Free Red Line rides throughout the entire month of September for current and new users through a Choose Your Adventure

“We want people to see how this could work for them, and we want our current riders to see how we really are committed to improving what it means to use public transportation,” said Day about the free Red Line rides.

The big celebration, however, happens Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. during the official Red Line Opening Celebration on the east lawn of the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St.

The event will feature live music, along with free coffee and doughnuts. Local elected officials and community leaders, including IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson, will talk about the importance of the Red Line to the city and its residents. To RSVP, click here.

“It’s just fun and we only get to do this one time, so we really want to make this a citywide celebration,” said Day.