IndyGo Cuts Ribbon On Its New East Campus Headquarters
IndyGo (Indianapolis, IN) recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official grand opening of its new East Campus headquarters. The agency welcomed special guests and speakers, including Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Nuria Fernandez, Congressman André Carson and other local dignitaries, to celebrate the agency’s expansion and investment in the Far Eastside community.
The 110,000-square-foot building represents the future of IndyGo, as it outgrows the current headquarters located at 1501 W. Washington St. This new location will mean expanded storage for the agency’s growing bus fleet, state-of-the-art training for bus drivers and more room for employees to safely work in this post-pandemic era.
“One of the biggest features of this new facility is the IndyGo Academy. This space provides four state-of-the-art driving simulators programmed with scenarios specific to IndyGo. This allows bus drivers to learn new skills and maneuvers before they get on the road. The academy also includes a mock bus to train drivers on how to secure riders in mobility-assisted devices, without the agency pulling a bus out of revenue service,” according to a press release.
Other features of the new headquarters include a larger boardroom that will also be available for community groups to reserve for meetings, more collaborative spaces for employees to gather and innovate, and an extended outdoor CDL training course. Additionally, it will accommodate the agency’s planned bus storage and maintenance facility. This will provide essential space for additional 40-foot hybrid and 60-foot electric vehicles as IndyGo’s fleet continues to expand in anticipation of the upcoming Bus Rapid Transit route, the Purple Line.
“In moving to the Far Eastside, IndyGo is demonstrating its commitment to the community, placing its new home and headquarters where many of its employees and riders reside,” IndyGo President and CEO Inez Evans said. “As the Purple Line continues to progress toward completion, we are putting our money where our mouth is by embracing the surrounding neighborhoods we serve daily as our own. We are very excited about this new space, but it is not only our new home, but the community’s new home.”
“IndyGo’s new facility marks a huge step forward for transit in Indianapolis,” FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez added, whose agency has provided federal support for IndyGo’s bus rapid transit system and construction of the new bus storage facility. “In the short term, IndyGo’s operations will become much more efficient, but even more exciting is how the new campus will facilitate the transition to a fully zero-emission bus fleet.”
“Ridership is rebounding, and service expansion is already underway, thanks in part to the continued implementation of the Marion County (IN) Transit Plan. This new location on the city’s Far Eastside also offers IndyGo increased operational efficiency. More than 70% of the agency’s employees live on this side of the city, and several routes end on the east side, meaning the eventual streamlining of service once the new bus storage facility is complete,” the release added. “All this positions IndyGo to restore some service sooner and strategically puts the agency where potential job applicants live, making IndyGo a more accessible and attractive workplace.
“IndyGo’s workforce is also heading in the right direction in the wake of a recently implemented $3,000 signing bonus for successful hires as a bus driver or mechanic, in addition to the extensive list of competitive benefits. Since its launch on July 1, 2023, this incentive has already shown a positive impact increasing driver and mechanic applications and hiring. To complement the hiring incentive, IndyGo has recently hired a Community Recruitment Manager to oversee an innovative new approach to finding qualified applicants. This position was made possible by a grant from the Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative (IAAQLI).
“Moving IndyGo’s headquarters to the Far Eastside also brings tremendous benefits to the community through economic development opportunities for businesses and residents, and the strengthened partnerships with stakeholders such as the agency’s microtransit programs, paratransit, healthcare providers and more.”