Forward Pinellas and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) representatives and staff participated in a peer exchange trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Over several days, the participants learned from Indianapolis’s transportation planning and development efforts, specifically the Indy Connect and the referendum-supported Marion County Transit Plan, as well as the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
One of Indy’s strongest assets, which helps to improve its economy and create a sense of community for residents, is the eight-mile Cultural Trail running through downtown Indianapolis. It connects residents with cultural districts, art, sports and entertainment throughout the city, along with a regional trail network running along a former railroad line. “The trail has been an economic driver,” said Cynthia Bowen.