Free rides kick off IndyGo's Red Line

IndyGo Red Line starts September 1. (WTHR Photo/Mary Milz)
First Day of Red Line
Red Line Launches

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - After years of planning, the Red Line officially opened Sunday morning.

"It's been great ," says Lauren Day with IndyGo. "Since we started this morning the buses have been packed with people; all different types of riders, walks of life, different ages. We're really seeing what it's going to mean for them come Tuesday."

Tuesday morning will be the first day commuters in their cars will have to share the road with the fully operational Red Line that runs between Broad Ripple and the UIndy campus on the south side. IndyGo is encouraging people to try the rapid transit system in lieu of their car.

"So it's free for the month of September," says Day. "We've seen packed buses and it's our first day that it's open and this is a long term behavior change, this is investing in getting people more easily to where they need to go throughout our city. So try it out, see how it could work for you and we really think that it is going to catch on."

Starting in October, you'll have to pay to ride.

"It's $1.75 to ride for two hours or it's $4 a day," she says.