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Red Line construction ends, new routes begin as launch nears

Indianapolis Star logo Indianapolis Star 8/13/2019 Justin L. Mack
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Construction crews throughout Indianapolis are wrapping up work on a number of busy thoroughfares as IndyGo's Red Line prepares to make its debut in just three weeks. 

IndyGo officials are also reminding patrons about a number of route changes that will take effect when the Red Line opens to the public on Sept. 1.

This week will see the completion of work at stations on Shelby Street and Virginia Avenue. The work may result in short-term traffic restrictions, and IMPD officers will direct traffic where needed.

Trees overhanging College Avenue will also be trimmed this week, leading to one day of parking restrictions near planned work areas. 

The original plan: The Red Line was originally going to extend into other counties

Officials said while the finishing up will create traffic restrictions both during the day and overnight, much of the work should be completed in less than a day.

a traffic light on a city street: This is one of the new IndyGo Red Line curbside stops that is close to completion, Monday, June 17, 2019.© Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar This is one of the new IndyGo Red Line curbside stops that is close to completion, Monday, June 17, 2019.

"Please protect our workers’ safety by continuing to drive carefully through and around work areas," IndyGo officials said in a statement.

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The Red Line will lead to adjustments to more than a half dozen local routes. Officials said Routes 12, 18, 19, 31, 38 and 39 will have new routes.

Routes 17 and 22 will be replaced by the Red Line and will no longer be in service. Here are more details about the changes coming to each route, according to IndyGo officials.

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• Route 12 will follow its current route outbound until Virginia Avenue and East Street. The route will turn on East Street and head south to Beecher Street and Pleasant Run Parkway where it will resume its normal route. It will then follow the same routing inbound to the Transit Center.

• Route 17 will be replaced by the Red Line and out of service. Route 18 will pick up from the Glendale Town Center to College Avenue. The Red Line will pick up from College Avenue and Broad Ripple Avenue down to College Avenue and 38th Street. The new route 38 will pick up from College Avenue and 38th Street south to the Transit Center.

• Route 18 will follow its current route outbound until College Avenue and Broad Ripple Avenue where it will continue over to Glendale Town Center, and pick up part of the old Route 17. Route 18 will no longer run north up College Avenue and over to Keystone at the Crossing. Riders will need to transfer Routes 86 or 26 if their destination is Keystone Crossing. Riders can use the Red Line local service north of the 66th Street station to get up to 86th Street and transfer to Route 86 if needed.

a traffic light on a city street© Provided by Gannett Co., Inc.

• Route 19 will now use Alabama (Inbound)/Delaware (Outbound), then Ft. Wayne Avenue to Central Avenue instead of Meridian Street from downtown north to the 46th Street or 52nd Street split where it will resume its normal route.  

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• Route 22 will be replaced by the Red Line and out of service. The Red Line will pick up from the Transit Center down to Troy Avenue. The new Route 31 will pick up from Hanna Avenue down to County Line Road, Community South, and Greenwood Park Mall. Carson Avenue, State Avenue and Hanna Avenue to Madison Avenue will have no service.

• Route 31 will leave the Transit Center and use South Meridian Street down to Pleasant Run Parkway where the route will head over to Madison Avenue. It will head south on Madison Avenue to Hanna Avenue where the route will head over to U.S. 31 and pick up the southern portion of the old Route 22. Madison Avenue and McCarty Street to Madison Avenue and Pleasant Run Parkway will no longer have service. Madison Avenue and Hanna Avenue to Madison Avenue and Shelby Street will also no longer have service. Madison Avenue south of Shelby Street will be served by the Red Line down to County Line Road at Greenwood Park Mall. There will no longer be service south of Greenwood Park Mall.

• Route 38 will follow its current route inbound until 38th Street and Meridian Street where it will continue east over to College Avenue. Route 38 will run down College Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue and pick up the southern portion of old Route 17 into downtown. It will then follow the same route outbound from the Transit Center.

• Route 39 will follow its current route inbound until 38th Street and Central Avenue where it will continue down Central Avenue to 22nd Street and back onto Meridian resuming its normal route. It will then follow the same path outbound from the Transit Center.

• Every other bus on the Red Line will continue into local service north of the 66th Street station and south of the University Station. These parts of the route will be called Route 90, and the bus stops signs will be labeled as Route 90. Route 90 will function like local routes, stopping at normal bus stops on the curbside of the road and riders will need to enter the front door and pay/validate their fare.

• North of the 66th Street station, Route 90 will go on College Avenue to 91st Street, to Meridian Street, to 96th Street and back to College Avenue. South of University Station, the route will be Shelby Street to Madison Avenue down to Greenwood Park Mall. There will be no additional service south of Greenwood Park Mall.

a group of people crossing a street in front of a building: Renderings show a proposed IndyGo Red Line station in Broad Ripple.

Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack.

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