Green RAPID TRANSIT line study
Indy Connect is conducting a detailed study of rapid transit service along the 23-mile long corridor that follows the Hoosier
Heritage Port Authority railroad corridor (also known as the Nickel Plate Line) from Downtown Indianapolis to Noblesville in Hamilton County. These studies are needed to obtain federal approval and funding for transit service in the Northeast Corridor. This area has been identified for detailed studies because of a number of different factors—highly concentrated population and employment centers, opportunities for development and redevelopment, and a lack of direct interstate access.
These studies are an important step toward achieving regional transit connectivity, while continuing to elevate economic development and private-sector investment opportunities. The studies must comply with regulatory requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program, followed by engineering and construction.
The studies are being conducted by the Federal Transit Administration, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indy Connect, consisting of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA), the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and IndyGo.