Regional Transit Planning

Transit is an important transportation option. The MPO has conducted several transit studies. The results have determined that there is a need for transit in Central Indiana, and further studies recommend where and how those improvement to both the local transit networks, as well as addition of rapid transit routes, should take place.

Blue Line Rapid Transit Corridor

An Alternatives Analysis to determine the recommended route, stations, and vehicle for rapid transit service along an east-west corridor.

Purple Line Rapid Transit Corridor

An Alternatives Analysis to determine the recommended route, stations, and vehicle for rapid transit service along an east-west corridor.

Green Line Rapid Transit Corridor

The Green Line is a proposed a rapid transit solution for the northeast corridor of Central Indiana, from Downtown Indianapolis to Noblesville, primarily using the Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.

During the environmental study phase of the Green Line, feasibility issues including route and financial sustainability were identified. With technology and source of funding in question, the Federal Transit Administration encouraged the MPO to put the remainder of the environmental study on hold until more specifics on the future of the Green Line could be determined.

At a joint meeting on July 31, 2017 the City of Fishers, City of Noblesville, and Hamilton County Commissioners voted to convert the Nickel Plate line into a recreational trail from 96th Street in Fishers to Pleasant Street in Noblesville.

With the rail corridor now out of play for transit, and technology and funding questions remaining, the MPO has no timeline for resuming Green Line planning.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Plan

The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Plan focuses on understanding the requirements of the land use and economic development categories of the application for federal transit funds and presents development opportunities that could emerge from the Indy Connect rapid transit studies. This plan is intended to be a framework and “toolkit” for municipalities to select elements of land use policy that are applicable to their community as it relates to the overall investment in transit in Central Indiana.

The Plan analyzes regional market dynamics and land use characteristics to assess the potential for transit oriented development along the Red, Blue, Purple, and Green Lines. The Plan also includes recommendations for value capture and strategy implementation for all rapid transit corridors studied thus far.

Indy Connect Economic Impact Analysis

This document describes the economic impacts of the Marion County Transit Plan, which includes the Red Line, the Blue Line, the Purple Line, and the increase in local bus service. It is assumed that the first year of service will be 2022.

2015 Bus Plan (IndyGo Forward)

The Indianapolis MPO works with IndyGo, the largest public transportation provider in Central Indiana, when they update their five-year Bus Plan, or Comprehensive Operational Analysis. IndyGo Forward is an in depth study of how the bus system operates today and what the plans improvements will be made for the future. For more information on IndyGo, visit

2010 Bus Plan

The 2010 Bus Plan, or Comprehensive Operational Analysis, was completed as part of Indy Connect: Central Indiana’s Transportation Initiative. The bus plan contains short-, mid- and long-term recommendations for the growth and development of Central Indiana’s bus system. The plan proposes to triple the size of our current bus system and provide residents with shorter wait time between buses and longer hours of service, plus more direct routes than today’s bus system. It also proposes 15 express routes with fast, direct service to major destinations and Bus Rapid Transit Lines offering premium service on four major corridors, giving residents greater access to work, healthcare, education and shopping

Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines

The Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines establish a common family of elements to assist the Indianapolis Regional Center and Metropolitan Planning Area in becoming a regional network of diverse, walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly communities.

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan

The Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan was updated in 2017. This Plan is an inventory of regional transportation providers and their assets, an assessment of transportation needs, and strategies for improving the public transportation environment.

Central Indiana Transit Plan

In 2009, the Central Indiana Transit Task Force formed, reviewed data, and released their report. Soon after, the 2011 update of the MPO's Long Range Transit Plan was branded as "Indy Connect." As part of that process, Volume III of the LRTP, the "Transit Vision Plan," was created. As plans and studies for transit evolved, the Transit Vision Plan has since been replaced by the Central Indiana Transit Plan.