What is Indy Moves?

Indy Moves will connect Indianapolis’ transportation goals, plans, and projects into an integrated mobility future. A coordinated effort of city departments and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), this action plan is our opportunity to improve mobility and access for residents, workers, and visitors, and to establish our transportation priorities.

Indy Moves will use our community values to set a vision and goals for transportation in Indianapolis. Those goals will have targets to help us make decisions about the projects and programs we need in our city.

Once we know what we want to achieve, we’ll work with you to identify the projects to get us there. We will review all of our planned projects, remove those that aren’t needed any more, and add new projects that will better support the ways you want to move in Indy.

Finally, we’ll prioritize the projects into an action plan - our road map for making it easier and safer to move in Indy. That action plan will help to direct the city’s transportation spending so that we’re building projects that are most needed now and as the city continues to grow.


What’s the schedule for Indy Moves?

We started our work in August 2017 and expect to wrap up in May 2018. There will be opportunities to get engaged throughout the project, both in person and online. Check out the Events page for upcoming meetings. We look forward to hearing from you about what you want to see in Indy Moves!

Project timeline for Indy Moves.


Why do we need Indy Moves?

callout style quote relating to sidewalksIndianapolis is a huge city of more than 400 square miles. We grew up around the Mile Square and include a mix of old and new: older, closer-in neighborhoods with sidewalks and dense housing and newer, far-flung neighborhoods with large lots and no sidewalks. We’ve got a little bit of everything in our city: a dense downtown, farms at the edge of the city, walkable neighborhoods, industry both near downtown and further out, and an aging transportation system that is trying to connect all of it and all of us.

That aging system needs a lot of work to bring it to a state of good repair. As of 2016, that cost was estimated at $732M. And that’s just for maintenance—it doesn’t account for the hundreds of miles of planned greenways, roadways, sidewalks, and other transportation projects that are not yet funded. The price tags for transportation projects continue to rise with local and national increases in the cost of materials and supplies.

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Our current transportation funding sources just can’t keep up with existing needs. The property tax cap has limited growth potential, and additional income and sales taxes aren’t available for transportation. Gas taxes provide most of our transportation budget in Indianapolis, but those revenues are shrinking. We receive about $37M per year from the gas tax today, which is only a fraction of the $178M we should spend each year to maintain the City’s transportation network in a fair condition.

At the same time, our population is growing and changing, and people are asking for new ways to move around the city. We need a different approach to setting transportation priorities that reflects our community’s values and helps build the Indianapolis of the future. Indy Moves will help us do that.


Transportation in Indy Today

Indianapolis has a long history of plans for all modes of transportation. However, these plans sometimes contradict one another and include many competing priorities for our future. Through Indy Moves, we'll integrate these plans and their many projects and provide more transportation choices for everyone who lives, works, and plays in Indy.

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Transit & Commuting

Today, 36% of Indy residents live within 1/4-mile of a bus route. But only 5% of people take the bus, walk, or bike to work.

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Greenways & Trails

Indy is home to 51 miles of world-class shared-use greenways for people walking and biking, and the Cultural Trail moves hundreds of thousands of walkers and bikers each year.

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Tens of millions of tons of freight are moved through Indy each year, and Indianapolis International Airport is one of the largest FedEx air freight hubs in the world.

Want to learn more?

We've just completed the Indy Moves Existing Conditions Report, which has a lot more detail about how people and goods move around Indy today. The report highlights some of what's great about our transportation system and the places where we have room to improve. You can download the report and other documents on our Project Library page.

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