A Possible Opportunity for Greater Cincinnati
An exciting transportation opportunity is emerging in Greater Cincinnati. For the past year, leaders from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Agenda 360, Northern Kentucky’s Vision 2015, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments, the City of Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (Metro), Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK), and other transportation partners have been meeting to discuss solutions to regional transit challenges. One of the options being explored is Bus Rapid Transit or BRT. BRT is also a component of the transit plan being developed this year by Metro.
What is BRT?
BRT is a special type of public transit service that is designed to provide faster trips for passengers through the use of traffic signal priority, fewer stops than conventional bus service, and special bus lanes. The buses typically have special branding so its vehicles and stations can be easily identified. BRT service is currently being operated in a number of cities throughout the United States including Austin, Kansas City, Seattle, Cleveland, and Las Vegas.
Is BRT right for Greater Cincinnati?
A preliminary analysis has been done, and six heavily used transit corridors in Cincinnati and one in Northern Kentucky have been identified as potentially part of a regional BRT network:
•Dixie Highway (Northern Kentucky)
Proposed BRT Corridors Map
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Metro started operating a "pre-BRT" demo project in 2013 called Metro*PLUS
BRT Meeting October 30, 2012
Metro hosted a workshop sponsored by the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute on October 30. Click below to view the presentations and learn more about this exciting opportunity.
Metro has identified the Montgomery Road corridor as the first for future BRT service. In 2013, Metro plans to offer a new limited-stop service in this corridor as a forerunner to true BRT service. This service -- called Metro*Plus -- will connect the Kenwood area, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati and University Hospital district, and downtown Cincinnati.
Our thanks to the BRT workshop presenters
Jack Gonsalves, Parsons Brinckerhoff – Portland, OR
With almost 25 years of experience, Jack is Parson Brinckerhoff’s national practice leader in Bus Rapid Transit Systems. He has been instrumental in developing emerging BRT technology in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Jack has specialized expertise in the design and construction of public works improvements in cities including Portland, Oregon, Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, San Antonio, Texas, and Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Jack’s project experience also includes traditional transit developments including light lail and multi-modal transit station design. He currently serves on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Bus Transit Systems and Bus Rapid Transit Subcommittee.
James A. Ryan Jr., Gillig – Hayward, CA
Jim has over 30 years experience in the transportation industry, with the past 24 years at Gillig, a transit bus provider. He currently serves as the regional transit sales manager, and has also filled posts including national service and training representative and regional parts sales manager. Jim is an active member of Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA), West Virginia Public Transit Association (WVTA), Virginia Transit Association (VTA), and Indiana Transit Association (ITA) and currently is serving as vice president of associate members for Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA).
Todd Hemingson, Capital Metro – Austin, TX
Todd joined Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) in 2006 as vice president of strategic planning & development, responsible for planning, scheduling, analysis and facilities design and construction departments. He has 15 years of broad-based transportation planning experience, including work at VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio; C-TRAN, the public transportation agency in Vancouver, Washington; the Houston-Galveston Area Council; and the Texas Department of Transportation. He is an active member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners and serves as a panel and committee member for the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board.
Mark Huffer, Kansas City Area Transit Authority – Kansas City, MO
Having served as KCATA’s president and CEO since 2000, Mark is focused on customer service and implementing new technologies. It is those priorities that have led KCATA to pursue innovations in service delivery and management efficiencies. Under his leadership, KCATA has developed the region’s first bus rapid transit line – MAX. Other successes include a Global Positioning Satellite-based communications and dispatch system, a unique transit center and childcare facility, and passage of a 3/8-cent sales tax for public transportation. Previously, Mark has worked for the Bi-State Development Agency in St. Louis, and other transit-related posts in Indianapolis, Indiana, Columbus, Ohio, State College, Pennsylvania and Lynchburg, Virginia.
Joseph Calabrese, Cleveland RTA – Cleveland, OH
Joe currently serves as the CEO and general manager, secretary-treasurer of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). He offers nearly 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Since arriving at RTA in 2000, Joe has led an aggressive bus replacement program, rail system renovation program, and increased emphasis on image, financial management and enhanced customer service. His work has led RTA to win several awards including the first Federal Transit Administration Ridership Initiative Award. Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transit Association and is President of the Ohio Public Transit Association. He was named Best Public Transit Manager in North America in 2008.
Thank you to our sponsors
Greater Cincinnati BRT Partners