Central Indiana Transit Plan

The 2016 Central Indiana Transit Plan recommends improving existing transit systems and creating new ones. The plan is presented in a "Question & Answer" format for easy reference and provides a great deal of information on basic transit planning principles. Unlike other projects you will find on this website, the Central Indiana Transit Plan is ongoing, and the plan and recommendations will change over time as additional public input is gathered and studies are completed.

From 2010-2018, transit planning was coordinated in a partnership between the Indianapolis MPO, IndyGo, and CIRTA, and was referred to as Indy Connect. With the implementation of the Marion County Transit Plan and the opening of the Red Line in 2019, the Indianapolis MPO assumed more direct leadership of transit planning in Central Indiana. We continue to partner with IndyGo, CIRTA and the rural transit providers in the counties included in the metropolitan planning area to improve transit options for the region.

Project Milestones

  • 2010 Indy Connect Formed
  • 2011 Transit Vision Plan Created
  • 2012-2015 Rapid Transit Studies & Public Input
  • 2014 Transit Funding Enabling Legislation Passes
  • 2015 IndyGo Forward / Marion County Transit Plan
  • 2016 Central Indiana Transit Plan Created
  • 2020 Amendments to the Central Indiana Transit Plan for other Counties (In Progress)

Transit Studies

View completed transit studies on our Regional Transit Plans page.

Regional Transit Plans Page

Central Indiana Transit Plan for other Counties

The MPO is continuing to work with Central Indiana communities as they want to improve their transit options. The MPO will help develop these plans with local partners and hold educational workshops, public surveys, and host community open houses to create a plan that reflects that communities values while creating a connected transit system for the region.

Guilford Township Transit Plan

The Guilford Township Board certified a referendum for the township in 2019 that was contingent upon the creation of a publicly-developed plan. The plan will outline how much revenue would be generated by a referendum within Guilford Township and recommend transportation service to meet the needs of the community. The IMPO contracted with HNTB and its subcontractor, RLS & Associates, to help develop a transit plan for Guilford Township. The planning process included a public survey, stakeholder interviews, a transportation workshop with stakeholders, transit network design exercise, and public meetings. Throughout the process, the team engaged with a transportation advisory board in Guilford Township to provide feedback. The team presented the Plan and final recommendations to the Guilford Township Board on March 4th, 2020. The Guilford Township Board tabled its vote to either certify or rescind the referendum until its next meeting. The Board voted to rescind the referendum on May 6, 2020. A copy of the Guilford Township Transit Plan and Executive Summary are available below.

The Guilford Township Transit Plan: Executive Summary
The Guilford Township Transit Plan