Last Thursday, I finally had the opportunity to ride the IndyGo Green Line bus to the airport. I had a late afternoon flight, and I worked a half a day downtown before heading out. I bought my $7 ticket at the IndyGo store at 34 N Delaware Street and headed west on Market.
The first thing I noticed was the location of sign. I approached the stop from the south along Pennsylvania Street, and wasn’t sure where the stop was actually located. I turned the corner onto Ohio, and I still wasn’t sure, until I turned around and saw the sign pictured below. This is probably an issue with every IndyGo stop, but it seems more pronounced with a route that is dedicated to both tourists and potentially uninitiated locals. Placing a sign on each side of the pole could help alleviate some needless wandering.
As far as reliability goes, the bus runs every 20 minutes, which is not great, but certainly better than the 30-minute interval which is common in much of the rest of the network. I missed my first bus by one minute, but fortunately the next one showed up right on time. This is may be an obvious point, but it is amazing how much shorter 20 minutes feels compared to 30 minutes. That extra 10 minutes seems to be where it becomes natural for a person to wonder if they are wasting a good chunk of the day.
The ridership count on my trip totaled 6 passengers. I’m not sure what a good average count is for the route, but 6 seems to be on the low side. Regardless, this is a good service to have, and one that seems to be a no-brainer for visitors on a budget. The other options include taxi, car rental, or the multiple stop IndyGo Bus number 8. I will take this trip again if I have the chance.