Public invited to weigh in on details of mass transit Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— As city officials work to bring mass transit to Indianapolis, Indy Connect is asking the public to weigh in on where the future routes should go and where stops should be located.

The first of several public open houses will begin Tuesday morning at the Arts Garden downtown. The public can participate in discussions regarding the planning process, specifically about which streets will be used in the routes and which neighborhoods would see a station built there.

Some of the planning is finalized, such as the need for an east-west line, a north-south line and a line from downtown to Fishers, Ind. However, organizers are asking for the public’s opinions to complete the details.

“What has been decided is the various end points, but not even that specific,” said Anna Tyszkiewicz, executive director of Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. “We know we need an east-west corridor. We know we need a north-south corridor. We know something needs to be done in the north-east quadrant, so that’s the development of those colored lines what specific streets they are going to travel down we do have preliminary recommendation and what ‘s what we’re seeing feedback on.”

State legislators have yet to identify a funding source for the mass transit plan. There are currently study committees looking at dedicated funding plans. The public feedback will help make the plan ready to go once the funding is approved.

There will be a series of nine meetings over the next three weeks. The first will be held at the Arts Garden in Circle Center Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. There’s another meeting Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful offices on Fletcher Avenue.

Tuesday meeting includes information on all three major corridors- the red, blue and green line. Some of the meetings are route specific, check them out here.

You can give online feedback and see specific route ideas at IndyConnect.org.