IndyGo Red Line Bus Rapid Transit Project, Indianapolis, IN

Services Provided:

ASC Group completed Phase I archaeological surveys, an architectural resources survey, and a Phase II archaeological site evaluation for three Phases for the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the City of Indianapolis, Indiana. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) was the lead Federal Agency and the project involves over 35 miles of heavily urbanized street rights-of-way passing through central Indianapolis.

The Phase I archaeological surveys identified one archaeological resource that was recommended as potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). This resource was elements of the historic interurban rail system that was a prominent feature in ca. 1890-1930s Indiana. The surviving site elements were identify through ground penetrating radar surveys in historic rights-of-way. Phase II site evaluations of the rail system were completed in four locations along busy, multi-lane roadways in central Indianapolis. Each test excavation exposed and documented intact rail and rail bed sections, which were ultimately recommended not eligible for the NRHP. The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and FTA concurred with the recommendations.

ASC Group completed a Historic Property Report for Phases 2 and 3 of the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Marion, Johnson, and Hamilton Counties, Indiana. The survey work identified 54 architectural resources, eight of which had been previously recorded, and two historic districts within or adjacent to the area of potential effect (APE). Of the 54 resources, one had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places and three of the previously recorded resources and two newly identified resources were recommended eligible as a result of the project. The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and FTA concurred with the recommendations.

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