Aug 26, 2020

METRO AWARDED $3.2 M IN ODOT GRANTS TO UPDATE TECHNOLOGY & ENHANCE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

The grants will help the transit system provide Wi-Fi on all buses, a new security video solution, improved real-time bus information and more.
CINCINNATI – Metro riders will soon have access to free Wi-Fi on every trip, enhanced security on board and other improved customer amenities thanks to $3.2 million in grants awarded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The grants are provided through ODOT’s 2021 Ohio Transit Partnership Program (OTP2) which awarded more than $30 million in competitive grants to 37 Ohio public transit agencies. Fifty-four transit agencies submitted more than $115 million in requests for state fiscal year 2021.

“This is a highly competitive grant program and we’re excited and thankful that these funds have come to Greater Cincinnati,” said Darryl Haley, Metro CEO & General Manager. “These grants will greatly increase Metro's ability to advance several key projects, including updating our technologies and providing enhanced amenities, as well as safety features that will improve our customers’ experience as we continue working to reinvent our service for the future.”  

Metro received $2 million to be used toward the modernization of fleet communications, including enabling passenger Wi-Fi across the remainder of the fleet, improved real-time bus location information and signage and new security features such as wireless video uploading and real-time camera look-ins. Additionally, $780,000 was awarded to invest in alternative fueling strategies that will enable Metro to move towards becoming a more environmentally friendly transit system, and $480,000 to assist with further analyzation and implementation of the Reinventing Metro plan, including conducting public outreach and making adjustments to route alignments, bus stop locations and schedules.

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 13.5 million rides per year.                                                                 

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