Transit Impact Study

Central Indiana is constructing its first rapid transit line, the Red Line. It will be the nation's first all-electric bus rapid transit fleet, running from Broad Ripple, through downtown Indianapolis, to the University of Indianapolis. The Red Line will operate partially on dedicated lanes.

This project provides a unique opportunity to measure land use and investment changes along the corridor, as the Red Line is constructed and after it begins operating. In order to eventually measure the outcomes, the Transit Impact Study will first gather data along the corridor to determine its existing or base condition. Later, after the Red Line is open and established, a second round of data gathering will provide the opportunity to compare the two time periods and determine the impacts of the Red Line.

Similar methodology may be applied to other rapid transit lines in Central Indiana, including extensions of the Red Line into adjacent counties, as well as to the the Purple and Blue Lines. Those routes could be part of future transit impact studies.

This project is in partnership with IndyGo. To find out more detailed information on the Red Line, please visit IndyGo’s site

Project Milestones

  • Winter 2017/2018 Project Kick-off
  • Spring 2018 Surveying and Interviews
  • Spring 2018 Data Collection
  • Summer 2018 Data Analysis
  • 2019 Final Baseline Report (In Progress)

Surveying and Interviews

With services planned to begin in 2019, the Indianapolis MPO would like to gather detailed usage information on residents, employees, and stakeholders within the corridor. This task will be accomplished with multiple tools, including a mailer, online survey, one-on-one interviews and group interviews.

Resident and Business Survey

Residents, employees, and business owners along the line were sent surveys in December 2017 / January 2018. At this time, we're reviewing the responses to determine if there are any gaps in who we heard from or where they were located. If any gaps exist, we'll be following up to make sure that the responses are well-rounded and representative of the area.

Meet the Corridor Survey Team

Press Release on Surveys

Data Collection

A detailed methodology and data collection plan was established by the project team. This task involved the evaluation of existing data sources and identifying new or enhanced data sets driven by national best practice research. The project team coordinated with public and private stakeholders to gather this data.

Data Analysis

In July 2018, the project team began analyzing collected data to assemble a baseline report of demographic, economic, and physical characteristics of the Red Line corridor. Part of this report will identify appropriate next steps for collecting data after the line is operational to identify changes from the baseline information.