Southwest Ohio Transit Agencies Gained Riders in 2012

Southwest Ohio public transportation agencies ended the year on a high note, with positive news from Cincinnati Metro and the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA).

CINCINNATI – Southwest Ohio public transportation agencies ended the year on a high note, with positive news from Cincinnati Metro and the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA).

Metro had a 4.2% ridership increase in 2012, significantly higher than the national average increase for bus systems. Its ridership programs at Cincinnati universities are also up. Metro had a 24% increase in ridership at the University of Cincinnati and a 19% increase at Cincinnati State over 2011. Last year, Metro provided almost 17.4 million passenger trips. Including Access service for people with disabilities, Metro provided almost 17.6 million rides total.

BCRTA had a 47% increase in ridership in 2012. This includes BCRTA’s demand response and regional route service between Hamilton, Middletown and Oxford. A large portion of the increase is due to a new collaboration with Miami University that provides increased service for the university community and has also opened up a regional route that was not previously available.

This regional increase follows a national trend that shows public transportation ridership increased by 2.6% over the first three quarters of 2011, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association. More than 7.9 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the first three quarters of 2012.

“Regional transportation has made good progress in 2012 and is positioned for success in 2013,” said Metro’s CEO Terry Garcia Crews. “The region’s transit systems are working together to provide the best customer experience. This collaboration should help ridership continue to grow next year. ”

About Metro and BCRTA
Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year. Metro’s website is www.go-metro.com.

BCRTA serves riders, primarily through “on-demand” curb-to-curb and flexible fixed route shuttle services throughout Butler County. All of BCRTA vehicles are wheelchair lift-equipped and there are no added charges for wheelchair trips. Find out more at www.butlercountyrta.com.

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