IndyGo releases bid packages for Red Line Bus Rapid Transit Project

The Red Line is a 13.1-mile-long initial operating segment with 28 stations. The corridor runs along College Avenue from 66th Street south to 38th Street, west on 38th Street to Meridian Street, south on Meridian Street to 18th Street, west on 18th Street to Capitol Avenue, south on Capitol Avenue and Illinois Street to Maryland, east on Washington Street and Maryland to Delaware, Delaware between Washington Street and Virginia Avenue, continuing south on Virginia Avenue to Shelby Street, and continuing south on Shelby Street to Hanna Avenue.

Two bid packages are included: one for civil work and the other for station work. Vendors are invited to bid on one or both.

Phase I Project Description: Solicitation consists of two packages of work: General Construction Contract Package A – Civil (Package A) and General Construction Contract Package B – Facilities (Package B). The Owner will also consider proposals from bidders to combine the two packages A and B, reflected in the Bid Documents as Alternate No. 2 to Package A, Alternate No. 1 to Package B, and Package A+B

Procurement Schedule
Solicitation Release – August 31
Pre-Bid Meeting/1899 Building at 164 Steeples Blvd. Indianapolis, IN. 46222 – September 19, 10:00 a.m.
Written Questions Due – October 3, 3:00 p.m.
IPTC Responses Due – October 12
Bids Due – November 13, 2:00 p.m.
Bids Opening – November 13, 2:30 p.m.
IPTC Board Meeting – December 7, 5:00 p.m.

There will be a pre-bid conference on September 19 at 10:00 a.m. local time consisting of a review of the project. Refer to the Project Manual Specification Section 002513 Pre-Bid Conference for a complete description including place and time.

$96.3M IndyGo Project Includes Civil, Infrastructure Work

IndyGo representatives presented the Red Line Rapid Transit construction project to potential bidders at the Indianapolis Central Library on Tuesday, June 27. IndyGo plans to let two contracts in September of 2017 for work to build Phase I of the Red Line Rapid Transit (BRT). The Phase I project will run from Broad Ripple south to the University of Indianapolis.

Two bid packages are planned for release in late July or early August. Bid package A will include civil and utility work including paving, sidewalk, curb, curb ramps, storm water, power, traffic signals and structure foundations. Package B will include bus station structures and amenities. The total project cost including engineering, utilities, construction, and capital costs is $96.3 million. Per IndyGo’s FAQ webpage, estimated costs include $57 million for infrastructure upgrades, $14.5 million in vehicle costs, and $25 million in contingency to cover unforeseen expenses or cost inflation. HNTB, project construction manager, Kevin Campbell stated that “utility conflict coordination work has begun but utility construction may not be complete prior to commencement of contract work.”

IndyGo plans to award the projects in the October 2017 IndyGo Board meeting and issue a notice to proceed no later than December 2017. The project completion date is in December 2018. For more information and updates, visit