By: Liz Gelardi
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 25, 2014) - A brand new transportation center will begin taking shape on the southeast corner of Washington and Delaware Streets. City leaders and IndyGo officials gathered Thursday to break ground on the 14,000 square foot project with a sleek design. The total cost is estimated at $19.5 million with federal grants will contributing $13 million of that amount.
The center will have 19 covered bus bays, an indoor waiting area and public restrooms. It includes modern conveniences like wireless internet and real-time bus arrival information. There will also be 640 square feet of retail space for a coffee shop or newspaper stand.
"Passengers are traveling through the city center, the downtown transit center itself will have a positive impact," said Mike Terry, CEO of IndyGo.
The groundbreaking is a long time in the making. Terry said the idea of a transit hub has been discussed over the past 10 years. He said demand and timing are finally right for the project to move ahead.
Mayor Greg Ballard highlighted recent developments in the Market East cultural district. The new center will be blocks away from the Market Square Tower, a 28 story new mixed-use apartment building.
"The demand for downtown living is at an all time high and so people who are moving into downtown, many in the millennial sector as well as the empty nest sector are becoming less reliant on their own vehicles public transportation is becoming even more of a critical attraction factor," said Bob Schultz, Vice President of Marketing with Downtown Indy.
The new center is set to open in late 2015. IndyGo has a webpage dedicated to the project and live webcam showing the construction. Riders have been asked to provide input on bus routes and scheduling as the new center is being built.