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Stantec selected to lead construction management for zero-emission bus transit, Indianapolis

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A major source of funding for the Blue Line is the Federal Transportation Agency’s Capital Investment Grants Program, totalling US$100 million.

EDMONTON and NEW YORK and INDIANAPOLIS — Stantec has been selected to lead construction management for the US$220 million Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the City of Indianapolis.

Once completed, it will be the city’s third BRT route. The 24-mile, all battery-electric bus system will follow the path of the existing Route 8, providing services to communities that rely on transit and have the largest concentration of zero-car households.

“We are delighted to partner with a leader like Stantec for the third phase of our Bus Rapid Transit implementation. The Blue Line is a critical component of the Marion County Transit Plan,” said Jennifer Pryz, chief development officer at IndyGo in a statement.

“This project will change the way our residents and visitors use public transportation in Indianapolis, especially to and from the airport.”

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In partnership with Shiel Sexton and Shrewsberry, Stantec will provide construction management services for the roadway, stations, and utilities, as well as overall integration. The firm is committing to a 25 per cent disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goal to build diversity into the project supply chain.

Stantec has experience supporting DBE participation in large-scale transit projects, such as the Red and Purple Modernization Program in Chicago, the Long Island Rail Road Expansion in New York, and the Purple Line Extension project in Los Angeles.

Santec says implementation of dedicated BRT lanes and construction of the stations will require navigating several challenges, including mitigating utility conflicts, maintaining access and circulation during construction, and ensuring that system integration for communications and signals is operational prior to service. The company plans to leverage its experience on previous BRT projects as well as lessons learned from IndyGo’s Red Line implementation to deliver the project.

A major source of funding for the Blue Line is the Federal Transportation Agency’s Capital Investment Grants Program, totalling US$100 million.

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