Dec 11, 2015

What's the State of Metro? Reinvention

Metro to build new Oakley transit center in 2016; introduction of new small buses, mobile ticketing planned

CINCINNATI – At the 2015 State of Metro annual meeting today, Metro announced ways that it is reinventing transit in the community, including construction of a new Oakley transit center and other improvements beginning in 2016:

It was also announced that Metro has balanced its 2016 budget with no fare increases or service-level reductions. 

Dwight Ferrell, CEO and general manager who will celebrate his one year anniversary with Metro in January, said the initiatives are the result of community feedback, discussions with business leaders and stakeholders, and a study by transportation consultants.

“We have been seeking feedback from a wide range of experts and constituents and will continue to do so as we shape the transit system of the future,” Ferrell said. “I am grateful so many people in this community have shared their ideas and thoughts. People in this region place a high value on transit, especially when it comes to connecting people to jobs.”

“We are always looking ahead and planning for the future needs of this community,” SORTA Board Chair Jason Dunn said. “Our goal is to continue to operate efficiently while constantly working to improve service.”

Other speakers at the event included Carolyn Flowers, Senior Advisor to Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration Therese McMillan, and Dr. Valarie McCall, Chair of the American Public Transportation Association Board.

At the annual meeting, Dunn recapped Metro’s 2015 accomplishments:

Metro also presented the following awards:

Metro is a tax-supported public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.

 

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