Changes projected to reduce costs by nearly $430,000. Four public meetings to be held in February to receive comments.

In order to improve system efficiency, Metro is proposing the optimization of four express routes with the lowest productivity, effective August 2018:

View the full presentation on proposed optimization here.

Rt. 38X Glenway Crossing-Uptown
- Eliminate two morning and two evening trips
- Operate four morning and four evening trips with adjusted schedule
- Several local routes cover the majority of the Rt. 38X (primarily Rt. 51)
- Change will not affect Access service

Rt. 52X Harrison Express:
- Eliminate 1 morning and 1 evening trip
- Operate 4 morning and 4 evening trips with adjusted schedule
- Change will not affect Access service
Rt. 75X Anderson Express/Anderson Job Connection and Rt. 81X Mt. Washington Express:
- Combine 75X and 81X into one route called Rt. 75X and re-route Rt. 75X to cover Rt. 81X service on Salem Rd.
- Eliminate 2 morning and 2 evening trips on Rt. 75X
- Operate 5 morning and 5 evening trips on Rt. 75X with adjusted schedule
- Eliminate reverse commute trips serving Belterra Park on Rt. 75
- Riders along Salem Rd. will catch the bus on the opposite side of the street
- Change will not affect Access service

These changes are projected to reduce costs by about $430,000.

“As we work to create a sustainable and efficient transit system, we are continuing to pursue ways to optimize our routes to better serve the public and reduce our operating costs, when possible,” said CEO Dwight A. Ferrell. “As we prepare to face the budget challenges ahead, making sure the service we are providing is the service that is needed is of paramount importance.”

Public meetings and other ways to comment:
  Public meetings will be held according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 from 4 to 6 Anderson Center Station Park & Ride, 7832 Five Mile Rd., Cincinnati OH 45230
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Branch Library, 10398 New Haven Rd., Harrison, OH 45030
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati OH 45211
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the SORTA Boardroom, 12th floor, 602 Main Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

At the meetings, Metro will receive public comments regarding the proposed route optimization changes. Members of the public may stop by a meeting anytime to record their comment regarding the changes and a brief presentation will be given by Metro staff every hour on the hour.

Sign language and Spanish interpreters, as well as accessible format materials, will be available at the meeting if requested at least one week prior to the meeting.

Those who cannot attend one of the scheduled meetings may record their comments via the following ways:

  • Online comment form
  • E-mail to
  • 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.

View the full presentation on proposed optimization here.

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