Downtown Indianapolis Residents Have New Options For Commuting to Fishers, Carmel
By: Katie Parsons
on Friday, March 30, 2012
Workers who live in downtown Indianapolis but commute to Carmel or Fishers for work have a new transportation option. Starting on Monday, these travelers will have access to express shuttles from bus drop-offs to their places of employment.
The shuttles are needed to accommodate workers in some of the busiest employee areas in the state. The funding for the shuttles came from a federal Job Access Reverse Commute grant totaling over $800,000.
The Indy Express Bus routes will begin in downtown Indianapolis, at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Ohio streets, and drop off passengers at park-and-ride lots in Carmel and Fishers. From there, workers can take shuttles to areas that have been designated as highly concentrated with employers. There will be 8 stops in Fishers and 10 stops in Carmel.
Large employers like IU Health North Hospital are pleased with the new offering. The hospital is situated on the U.S. 31 corridor, which has the second largest number of employees in the entire state. The only area with a higher number of employees is downtown Indianapolis. Adding a shuttle service between the two areas makes perfect sense, according to hospital CEO Jonathan Goble who hopes the new service helps attract even more qualified job candidates.
Until now, many workers along the U.S. 31 corridor were forced to drive to work or figure out a carpool with colleagues. The new service will save commuters on gas and help relieve traffic congestion.
At the end of the work day, the shuttles will return to take workers back to the park-and-ride lots where they can catch a bus back to downtown Indianapolis. The shuttles will run from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then again from 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
In addition to this new shuttle service, the Indy Express Bus has also added another stop on the campus of IUPUI.
The cost of the shuttles is free. The commute from downtown to the park-and-ride lots is $3 one way. IndyGo riders with passes may ride for $1 one-way. The IndyGo monthly rider pass has also been reduced by $150.
To look at bus schedules, go to www.IndyExpressBus.com.