Faster trips, better service


On Dec. 1, 2019, Metro will implement Phase III of the FAStops project, expanding it to Rts. 11, 14X, 15X, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23X, 24, 25X, 28, 29X, 30X, 41, 42X, 51, 52X, 74X, 75X, 78, 81X, 82X and 85 (Riverfront Parking Shuttle).*

See the map below to learn about any changes made to your route.

To access a full list of stops designated for removal as part of Phase III, click here. To access a full list of stops removed as part of Phase II, click here

*Please note, some stops shared by multiple routes may affect routes not listed. Be sure to check your specific stop.


We want to hear from you


Leave us your feedback here. All comments will be taken into consideration before any final changes are implemented. 

Stop by one of our information sessions* to learn more:


Oct. 28, 2019 Colerain Township Senior Center Hall B 5-7:30 p.m. Served by Rt. 17
Oct. 29, 2019 Cincinnati Public Library Downtown (Tower Room) 5-7:30 p.m. Served by all downtown routes
Oct. 30, 2019 Recovery Center of Hamilton County (clients and staff only) noon-1:30 p.m. Served by Rts. 24, 46, Metro*Plus
Nov. 4, 2019 Goodwill Industries Auditorium (clients and staff only) 12:30-1:30 p.m. Served by Rt. 78
Nov. 4, 2019 SORTA Board Room (602 Main St., 12th Floor) 5-7:30 p.m. Served by all downtown routes
Nov. 7, 2019 Anderson Township Admin. Building Lower Atrium 5-7:30 p.m. Served by Rts. 24, 30X, 75X, 81X
Nov. 11, 2019 Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired 10-11 a.m. Served by Rt. 17
Nov. 12, 2019 Forest Park Senior Center 5-7:30 p.m. Served by Rt. 20
Nov. 13, 2019 Gamble Montessori High School Auditorium 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m. Served by Rts. 6, 21, 33, 40X
Nov. 18, 2019 Walnut Hills High School Auditorium 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m. Served by Rt. 4
Nov. 19, 2019 College Hill Rec Center 5-7:30 p.m. Served by Rt. 17
Nov. 20, 2019 Western Hills University High School Auditorium 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m. Served by Rts. 33, 64
Nov. 21, 2019 Clark Montessori High School Cafeteria 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m. Served by Rts. 11, 51
*Sessions will provide information on a rolling basis. Community members may stop by anytime during a session. Be sure to check back often as new dates are added.





How FAStops works:


Metro is dedicated to providing safe, efficient and dependable transit service in the Cincinnati region.


To improve the quality and reliability of our service, Metro's FAStops project is evaluating all 4,000+ regular service bus stops in the Metro system to ensure stops aren’t too close together, in addition to stop usage, amenities, safety and accessibility. 

Trip time was listed as one of the top three improvements our riders wanted to improve their riding experience. When bus stops are spaced appropriately, or "balanced," it can make service faster and more reliable for riders, while preserving convenience and walkability to stops.

The FAStops project evaluates which stops are most used today, which stops may need improvements, and which stops may be removed without significantly impacting access to service, and includes potential cost savings for Metro (funds that can be further used to improve service elsewhere). 

In March, Metro launched a FAStops pilot on Rts. 15X 17, 31, 33 and 41. The positive results of the pilot included improvements in on-time performance and time savings that will allow Metro to adjust schedules in the future to speed up trip times.

Due to the success of the pilot, in August, Metro expanded the FAStops project to half of its system. In December, FAStops changes will go into effect on the remainder of Metro's system.


How does balanced bus stop spacing improve bus service?


Faster Smoother More Reliable Better Bus Stop Facilities and Amenities
It can take a bus up to 20 seconds to slow down, stop and pick up a passenger, and merge back into traffic. This means that more frequent stops add up to longer travel times. For example, going from nine stops per mile to six stops per mile can save up to one minute, equating to five minutes on a five-mile trip, while still providing riders with a convenient walking distance to the bus stop. Stop-and-go service is frustrating and uncomfortable. When a bus route has stops that are very close together, it is more likely to stop frequently as riders choose to board/get off as close to their home or destination as possible. More appropriate bus stop spacing means a smoother and more predictable ride. A bus might stop at 90% of stops on some trips, but only 60% of stops on other trips. As a result, travel time varies widely from trip to trip, making service less predictable. By removing selected stops, we can more accurately predict which stops will be served. This makes travel times more consistent from trip to trip, leading to more predictable service that’s more likely to run on time. Public transit systems need to be fiscally responsible, meaning they cannot afford to provide high quality facilities and amenities at every stop. Removing stops that are inaccessible, serve few or no riders and contribute to poor service allows Metro to focus on providing high quality facilities and amenities at the stops where they are needed most.


 


When can riders expect to see these changes?

Frequently Asked Questions

See more FAQs here.
Contact Metro at RouteComments@go-metro.com.

How to tell if your stop is proposed for elimination

Bus stops proposed for elimination as part of FAStops stop balancing will have notices like the message below installed on the sign pole.