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
  • 2020-2021 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 community's values while creating a connected transit system for the region.

Northern Johnson County Transit Plan

The Indianapolis MPO initiated the Northern Johnson County Transit Plan to understand existing transportation trends and explore potential transportation goals for Northern Johnson County. Johnson County has three townships that are eligible to conduct a referendum for transit per Indiana Code- Pleasant Township, White River Township, and Clark Township. IMPO contracted with HNTB and its subcontractor RLS & Associates to assist in plan development. The plan is currently under development and, when completed, will contain information on existing commuting, population, and employment trends, revenue projections, and potential transportation networks. The planning team engages the public, current transportation users, and local stakeholders throughout the planning process. The plan is set to be completed before the end of 2021.

Draft Plan Public Review and Comment

The Northern Johnson County Transit Plan will be available for public review and comment on September 27, 2021 through October 20, 2021. Your comments can help shape this plan.

Submit your comments on this draft document by 5:00pm ET on October 20, 2021 to:

• by email to Annie.Dixon@indyMPO.org
by phone to 317.327.5646
• leave a voicemail at 317.327.5646
• by mail to 200 East Washington Street, Suite 2322, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204 (mail must be received by 5pm ET October 20)
• call to schedule a time to review or discuss the plan in person

The draft Northern Johnson County Transit Plan will be available for download on September 27, 2021.

Johnson County Townships Eligible for Referendum