Planners eye downtown Indianapolis streetcar route


INDIANAPOLIS - A group of Indianapolis business and community leaders are working on plans for what would be the city's first streetcar line since the 1950s.

The nearly two-mile route between site near the downtown Circle Centre mall and the Indianapolis Zoo might cost $20 million to $25 million to build and equip.

Leaders of the Downtown Indianapolis Streetcar Corp. tell the Indianapolis Business Journal that the line would link attractions such as the convention center, the Indiana State Museum and the zoo that are a long walk apart.

Mayor Greg Ballard says he generally likes the plan but still needs to look into details such as whether it ultimately would require city funding.

Organizers expect private donations likely would be a major source of money for the project.

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