INDIANAPOLIS -- It looks like IndyGo could finally get some federal money for the Red Line Rapid Transit bus project.
The federal budget deal reached between congressional Republican and Democratic leaders Sunday includes $50 million for the Red Line.
If the deal receives final approval from Congress and is signed by President Trump, it will cover some of the cost of building the line which will run between East 66th and College and the University of Indianapolis campus.
Indianapolis congressman Andre Carson praised congressional negotiators for including Red Line funding in the budget deal.
Glad to see the Red Line will be funded in our compromise
spending bill. First step in overdue transit modernization. A big win for #Indy .
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) May 1, 2017
Carson calls the Red Line, "The backbone of our future transit system, and a major step forward for our city and central Indiana."
Transit Drives Indy also released a statement about the budget deal which reads, in part:
"This compromise is a promising start, but our city deserve longer-term certainty when planning innovative transportation solutions that support economic growth, transform neighborhoods and create new taxpayers by helping people get to work, school and other daily necessities."