29,000 rides on Cincinnati Bell Connector during Oktoberfest Weekend
The Cincinnati Bell Connector was busy on Oktoberfest weekend from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18, providing more than 29,000 rides.
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bell Connector was busy on Oktoberfest weekend from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18, providing more than 29,000 rides.
The busiest day was Saturday, Sept. 17, with almost 12,500 riders… eight times the projected streetcar ridership of 1,500 for an average Saturday.
Ridership, based on automatic passenger counters using FTA-approved sampling method:
Friday, Sept. 16: 7,041 (3,000 projected average weekday ridership)
Saturday, Sept. 17: 12,433 (1,500 projected average Saturday ridership)
Sunday, Sept. 18: 9,639 (990 projected average Sunday ridership)
Based on the strong ridership, revenue exceeded the cost of operating the service this past weekend and no additional funds were needed.
Ticket vending machine update
There are intermittent issues with the ticket vending machines, including credit card processing at some machines. The manufacturer said this issue is not unique to Cincinnati’s machines and they are working on a solution. A local contractor is checking and servicing the machines daily to handle any issues that arise.
About the Cincinnati Bell Connector
The Cincinnati Bell Connector is intended to expand transportation options, stimulate development, and enhance livability by connecting downtown, the riverfront and Over the Rhine. The Cincinnati Bell Connector is owned and funded by the City of Cincinnati, managed by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, and operated by Transdev.
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