Oct 16, 2017


Changes intended to boost ridership, reduce costs by almost $470,000

CINCINNATI – Metro will restructure the following routes to increase productivity and reduce cost, effective Dec. 3, 2017:

Rt. 1 Mt. Adams-Eden Park-Museum Center
Rt. 49 English Woods
•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 Rt. 1
•Discontinue Rt. 49 service along John/Central and Findlay St.
•No impact on Access service

Rt. 28 East End-Milford
Rt. 29X Milford Express
•Discontinue local weekday service from Fairfax to Milford (Rt. 29X Milford Express would continue to serve this area on weekdays during peak times)
•Add five one-way trips to the Rt. 29X Milford Express (requested in public comments), including one later morning and one earlier afternoon trip
•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
Rt. 32 Delhi
•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

These changes are projected to increase ridership by about 34,000 rides per year and reduce costs by about $470,000.

“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 beginning in 2019.”

A public meeting was held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 to receive public comments about the proposed route changes. In total, 156 comments were received through email, online survey, written survey, and the public meeting.

In addition, a federal Title VI equity analysis was performed to assure that there are no disparate impacts on minority populations and no disproportionate burdens on low-income populations. As a recipient of federal funds, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority is required to conduct this analysis for major service changes. No disparate or disproportionate impact was found for these service changes.

The SORTA Board approved the route changes at its Oct. 17 meeting.

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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