Metro announces transit improvements in Northside and Walnut Hills
Metro announced today the plans for a new transit center in Northside and transit district in Walnut Hills.
Improved shelters and customer amenities to make riding easier
CINCINNATI – Metro announced today the plans for a new transit center in Northside and transit district in Walnut Hills.
The Northside transit center will be located near the intersection of Spring Grove, Hamilton and Blue Rock. The center will have new passenger shelters, improved lighting and real-time destination screens. Northside is the second highest transfer location in Metro’s system, second only to Government Square downtown. Metro routes 15X, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23X, 27 and 51 all serve the Northside area.
Michael Schuster Associates Architects was awarded the contract to provide final design and contract administration services during construction in the amount of $319,058. The Northside transit center is expected to be completed in late 2017.
The Walnut Hills transit district will improve seven bus stops throughout the Peebles Corner area. The bus stops, which serve Metro routes 1, 4, 11, 24 and 31, will have new shelters, sidewalk improvements, improved lighting, route information, and other customer amenities. Metro recently partnered with the Walnut Hills Kroger to sell transit passes to make purchasing fare media more convenient for riders in the area.
The Walnut Hills transit district design contract was awarded to Woolpert, Inc. to provide final design and contract administration services during construction at a cost of $125,960. The transit district is expected to be completed mid-2016.
These locations were chosen as result of community feedback to Metro’s go*Forward transit plan, and will make riding and catching the bus more convenient for thousands of riders in both neighborhoods.
“Over the past two years, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and Metro staff have gone out to many communities and listened to the needs of current and future riders,” said SORTA Board Chair Jason Dunn. “The new transit centers will provide better waiting areas and real-time information to make riding Metro even easier. We are committed to connecting people to places conveniently and efficiently, one neighborhood at a time.”
Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year.
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