METRO SEEKS COMMENTS ON RESTRUCTURING OF THREE ROUTES

Changes projected to boost ridership, reduce costs by more than $500,000. Public meeting on Aug. 23, 4-8 p.m., to receive comments

CINCINNATI – To improve efficiency and provide new options to attract ridership, Metro is proposing the restructuring of three local routes with the lowest productivity, effective in December 2017:

Rt. 1 Mt. Adams-Eden Park-Museum Center:
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- Operate Walnut Hills/Mt. Adams portion of route to downtown on weekdays 
- Discontinue weekend service on Rt. 1
- Re-route Rt. 49 English Woods to serve Museum Center portion of route
- Reduced Rt. 49 service along John/Central and Findlay St.
- No impact on Access service


Rt. 28 East End-Milford:
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- Discontinue local weekday service from Fairfax to Milford (Rt. 29X Milford Express would continue to serve this area on weekdays during peak times only.)
- Add new service along Red Bank Rd. and more service to Madisonville
- New connections:  Walmart, Medpace, Rt. 11 Madison Rd. 
- Discontinue weekend service for Rt. 28
- This change will affect Access service 

Rt. 50 Sayler Park:
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- Continue weekday peak-period service on the route, but discontinue off-peak and weekend service for Riverside and Sedamsville
- Extend Rt. 32 Delhi to serve Addyston and Sayler Park
- New connections from Sayler Park to Delhi Plaza, Mount St. Joseph, Price Hill
- This change will affect Access service 

A visualization of the proposed changes can be viewed here. 
An FAQ of the proposed changes can be viewed here.

These changes are projected to increase ridership by about 22,000 rides per year and reduce costs by about $523,000.

“As we reinvent Metro, we are taking steps to increase productivity and attract more riders,” said CEO Dwight A. Ferrell. “Making changes in how we provide service is important as we prepare for significant budget deficits in 2018 and every year after.”

Public meeting and other ways to comment: 
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 4-8 p.m. at Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 206, to receive public comments about the proposed changes. A brief presentation will be made every hour on the hour. The public may stop by anytime during the meeting to electronically record their comments for the record. 

Sign language and Spanish interpreters will be available at the meeting if requested at least one week prior to the meeting. Accessible format materials will be available if the request is received no later than one week prior to the meeting.

All comments received by 8 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2017, will become part of the official public meeting record and will be considered by SORTA. 

Comments may be submitted in the following ways:
- On-line comment form
- E-mail to routecomments@go-metro.com
- Fax to 632-9202
- Comment forms on buses, at the Government Square information booth, and at the sales office in the Mercantile Building arcade
- Mail to SORTA, 602 Main Street, Suite 1100, Cincinnati, OH  45202

Metro is a non-profit public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 15 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.
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