Transportation

An integrated, multi-modal approach to travel

  • Strategy

    Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

    Actions:


    Align transportation planning with industrial renewal efforts by accounting for freight (truck and rail) by looking at capacity constraints and modal disconnects (e.g. more frequent and longer freight trains producing more at-grade crossing delays). More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: The Indy Moves Transportation Integration Plan, adopted November 7, 2018, included consideration of Identified freight industry (Conexus). Railroad relocation from downtown to a completely grade-separated Belt Railroad was endorsed, and this was also incorporated into the 2019 update of the Marion County Thoroughfare Plan. In Addition, the Marion County Land Use Plan introduced an "industrial reserve" policy intended to protect large tracts of manufacturing land throughout Marion County, and proximity to rail and highway corridors informed the application of this policy to properties.

  • Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: The IndyMoves Transportation Integration Plan was completed, including an internal strategic plan for staff that outlines the roles and responsibilities of the four key city agencies involved in transportation: DMD, DPW, DBNS, and Greenways. As a result, a new Administrator for Transportation Planning position was established and funded that reports to both DMD and DPW leadership and is responsible for departmental coordination. This position was unfilled after an initial job posting in 2019 and as of November 2020 is posted a second time.

  • Develop implementation process that requires coordination between DMD, DPW, DCE, IndyGo, Blue Indy, Indy Parks and other internal city agencies and municipal corporations to assure best use analysis and leveraging of investments. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: The IndyMoves Transportation Integration Plan was completed, including an internal strategic plan that led to the creation and funding of a new Administrator for Transportation Planning position that reports to both DMD and DPW leadership and is responsible for departmental coordination. This position was unfilled after an initial job posting in 2019 and as of November 2020 is posted a second time. In addition, other internal and external partners now participate in quarterly Complete Streets Task Force meetings.

  • Incorporate current, pending and future regional pedestrian plan, freight plan, bike connectivity plan, greenways plan, and IndyConnect into thoroughfare plan and other city technical plans as identified in Plan 2020. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    100%

    Start Date:

    December 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: The Indy Moves Transportation Integration Plan was adopted November 7, 2018 that brought together modal system plans into the city's first comprehensive long-range transportation plan of the Unigov era. As an implementation step, the Marion County Thoroughfare Plan was updated and adopted on October 16, 2019 to incorporate the right-of-way needs of multi-modal facilities identified in Indy Moves and added non-thoroughfare greenways into the plan for the first time.

  • Consider utilities coordination and multimodal infrastructure improvement as part of construction timeline. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    0%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2019

  • Coordinate all modes of transportation to create interconnected system, including BlueIndy, Bike Share, etc. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: The Indy Moves Transportation Integration Plan was adopted November 7, 2018 that brought together modal system plans into the city's first comprehensive long-range transportation plan of the Unigov era. It includes an updated multi-modal capital plan that outlines all major capital transportation projects proposed, regardless of mode. In addition, a working group of public, private, and philanthropic sector partners continue to work towards a mobility app that brings together all modes of transportation into a common map-based platform.

  • Integrate Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) into land use planning system. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    100%

    Start Date:

    September 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

    Status update:

    March 14, 2018: In November 2017, the Metropolitan Development Commission adopted the Marion County Land Use Pattern Book, which includes a new “overlay” classification system called Transit Oriented Development. Land uses within this overlay are encouraged to be denser, more walkable, and less automobile-oriented. As bus rapid station areas become definitive, public conversations about the appropriate locations for these overlays will apply the policy to actual geographies.

  • Plan and rezone MU-3 and MU-4 mixed-use zoning districts. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: In 2017, DMD piloted two planning projects for MU-3 zoning, which requires a unique type of plan and city-led rezoning. Based on these two pilot processes, changes to the zoning code have been identified to rethink TOD zoning. As a result of this pilot and change of direction, MU3 and MU4 planning efforts are no longer being pursued.

  • Strategy

    Develop sustainable funding model for multimodal transportation infrastructure, operation and maintenance.

    Actions:


    Develop bipartisan taskforce to advocate for allocation of funds, and create revenue generation and/or city budget reallocation for multimodal transportation options, including transit, greenways, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. More details

    Health by Design

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 29, 2020: In 2018, the Indianapolis City-County Council established the Bi-partisan Infrastructure Commission to study potential long-term funding options for Marion County's transportation infrastructure.

  • Advocate for strategic needs-based, data-driven, infrastructure investment as it relates to multimodal infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, greenways, transit, bike and pedestrian facilities) that supports community-led redevelopment strategies and promotes a healthier city. More details

    Indy Chamber

    80%

    Start Date:

    June 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 21, 2018: The Indy Chamber continues to advocate with its partners for smart infrastructure investments such as the increased gas tax, a forward-thing approach to redesigning the North Split, and investments in public transit outside Marion County. Additionally, the Indy Chamber advocated at City-County Council for the creation of the Infrastructure Financing Taskforce to proactively maintain and develop municipal infrastructures. The Chamber is also partnering with CICF to develop the Personal Mobility Network, a system of next generation, smart city infrastructure solutions for public mobility.

  • Strategy

    Support and expand existing multimodal transportation efforts through partnerships and coordinated marketing.

    Actions:


    Develop and lead the transit referendum campaign effort. More details

    Indy Chamber

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 21, 2018: The transit referendum was passed by Indianapolis voters in 2017, and the City-County Council subsequently voted to enact the tax increase, providing a new revenue stream for infrastructure investment in Marion County. In addition, federal transit grant funds were released to implementing partners, allowing the continued construction of the Red Line bus route. The Indy Chamber continues to collaborate with implementing partners (such as Indy Go, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Indy Connect) to support transit development.

  • Strategy

    Prioritize investments in projects based on identified overlaps in the multi-modal plans informed by villages and community nodes, anchor institutions, and cultural destinations.

    Actions:


    Build and operate* the first phase of the Red Line bus rapid transit project. More details

    IndyGo

    100%

    Start Date:

    September 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Opened September 1, 2019

  • Conduct an environmental study and preliminary engineering for the first phase of the Purple Line bus rapid transit project. More details

    IndyGo

    99%

    Start Date:

    June 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2018

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Preliminary engineering is complete. Final design is expected to be completed by January 2021. Purple Line NEPA was re-evaluated to incorporate new drainage work. NEPA documentation is in the final stages of review and approval through the FTA and SHPO.

  • Conduct an environmental study and preliminary engineering for the first phase of the Blue Line bus rapid transit project. More details

    IndyGo

    40%

    Start Date:

    June 1, 2018

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2019

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Preliminary engineering has reached 30% as of September 2020. Blue Line NEPA needed to lag behind Purple Line NEPA, and Purple Line NEPA needed to be re-evaluated. A red flag analysis was completed in early 2019. Blue Line NEPA is expected to resume Q4 2020 and be completed by Q2 2022.

  • Work with the IndyGo board and the City County Council on the adoption of a resource allocation policy goal that moves toward a higher-ridership local bus network and away from a coverage-based service model. More details

    IndyGo

    100%

    Start Date:

    November 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    May 31, 2017

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: IndyGo has adopted an 80:20 frequency versus coverage goal, which was subsequently adopted into the Thrive Indianapolis Plan.

  • Implement a higher-ridership local bus network when new funding becomes available, either through a referendum or other council funding options. More details

    IndyGo

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2019

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: The Marion County Transit Plan replaces the hub-and-spoke network with a frequent-grid network, and IndyGo has begun implementing the plan as funding becomes available.

  • Plan, secure funding for and begin investment in a modernized fare collection system with payment integration for other modes of transportation including car- and bike-share. More details

    IndyGo

    75%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    November 30, 2018

    Status update:

    November 20, 2020: Branded as MyKey, IndyGo’s fare collection modernization efforts are well underway. Area high schoolers are using the new system to ride IndyGo under a universal sponsored rides program. IndyGo’s veteran customers have been converted over to the MyKey system. The mobile application has been piloted and is currently undergoing a stress test. The rest of the infrastructure is being tested. It is anticipated that individual customers will be able to register their MyKey accounts and begin using the system before the end of 2020. Payment integration efforts continue. In the summer of 2020, IndyGo was awarded an FY2020 Accelerating Innovation Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grant from the FTA. This grant will be used to pursue the creation a full-service Mobility Concierge program capable of facilitating the complete trip and ease trip payment by brokering mobility trips across modes, payment systems, and transit providers.

  • Strategy

    Support and expand existing multimodal transportation efforts through partnerships and coordinated marketing.

    Actions:


    Work with Indy Parks and DMD to align park investments with multi-modal prioritization. More details

    Indianapolis Parks Foundation

    25%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    January 27, 2017: A number of projects that are examples of strategic park investment adjacent to transportation are in the wrap-up phase, and more will be planned.

    No affiliate projects were found for the Transportation theme. Please contact GIPC at [email protected] to learn more about partnering with Plan 2020.