CINCINNATI - Some big changes to Metro bus service are taking effect on Monday.
The new “Metro*Plus” service connecting Kenwood, Xavier, Uptown, downtown and The Banks will start Monday morning.
Officials said the new service includes a test run of what is called “Bus Rapid Transit” or BRT. The new service lines would be faster and have limited stops.
Metro officials said that model is gaining popularity nationwide.
To test out the concept, riders on the Montgomery Road service line will be able to ride for free during Aug. 19-23.
Officials said travelers heading to either Uptown or The Banks currently have to transfer to get to either location, adding time and hassle.
The new service will also serve as a college connector, linking the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. It will also have quick transfers to Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.
The new line will feature 10 new bright-blue and specially branded BRT-style buses. There will also be special Metro*Plus signs so people can easily identify the service.
Officials said the Metro*Plus line will provide frequent service every 15 minutes during weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and every half-hour until 10 p.m.
The Metro*Plus line is part of Metro’s new transit plan. Those changes will continue to be implemented through August to December.
Those improvements include: more service in major corridors, more crosstown routes to reduce transfers, new destinations, shorter travel time by route streamlining and increased efficiency.