A total of $500,000 in matching grant funds was announced by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation (IPTF) to to support IndyGo’s initiatives for safe passage of pedestrians to and from transit stations.
This grant will support the design and construction of safe crosswalks at three intersections on Lafayette Road between 16th and 30th Streets to improve connectivity and accessibility for Indianapolis residents. Improvements to intersections will include the addition of sidewalks, curb ramps and crosswalks with illuminated HAWK signals.
Updated intersections will include:
- Lafayette Road and Roberta Street
- Lafayette Road and Kessler North Drive
- Lafayette Road and 21st Street
Mayor Hogsett and Indy DPW awarded eight community organizations matching funding through the Indianapolis Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership (INIP) for projects they submitted to improve pedestrian and road infrastructure in the public right-of-way .
“Infrastructure is more than concrete and asphalt,” said Emily Lovison, GIP’s executive director. “It’s connectivity, independence, opportunity, economic mobility, quality of life, equity and inclusion. The impact that accessible, equitable and inclusive mobility solutions can have on our community is significant. It will take bold and creative solutions to address these challenges, and the GIP is well placed to act.
While the city and IndyGo invest heavily in infrastructure each year, they face challenges due to the number of lane miles in Marion County and an income tax structure in Indiana that allocates income tax to the county in which a person lives, not where they work. . With limited capital and capacity, sidewalk connectivity in Indianapolis has been underfunded for decades. In the 1990s there was a moratorium on the construction of new sidewalks.
“As a not-for-profit organization with close ties to IndyGo, the IPTF is a force multiplier, bringing partners together and leveraging private investment in public infrastructure,” Lovison said.
A recent report by DPW estimates that Indianapolis needs “$92 million to fix bad sidewalks and $7.2 billion to build new ones where none exist.” It takes an average of $22,000 to make one bus stop accessible, and it would take $40 million to make all IndyGo-eligible bus stops ADA accessible.
Using pedestrian research and rider demographics, the IPTF focuses on projects that increase connectivity and accessibility to the IndyGo bus system.