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Metro wants your thoughts on restructuring its 3 least productive bus routes

4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Duke Energy Center
Posted at 6:07 AM, Aug 23, 2017

CINCINNATI -- To improve efficiency and attract ridership, Metro is proposing restructuring routes 1, 28 and 50, which are the three local routes with the lowest productivity. The changes would start in December. 

Metro officials will hold a public meeting from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 206 of the Duke Energy Convention Center to receive public comments on the proposed changes. They'll make a brief presentation every hour on the hour so the public may stop by anytime to electronically record their comments for the record.

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Comments can also be submitted by 8 p.m. Wednesday online at the website here, via email at routecomments@go-metro.com; via fax at 513-632-9202 and via comment forms on buses, at the Government Square information booth, and at the sales office in the Mercantile Building arcade.

These changes are projected to increase ridership by about 22,000 rides per year and reduce costs by about $523,000.

“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 in 2018 and every year after.”

See the proposed changes below:

Route 1: Mt. Adams-Eden Park-Museum Center

  • Operate Walnut Hills/Mount Adams portion of route to downtown on weekdays
  • Discontinue weekend service on Rt. 1
  • Re-route Route 49 English Woods to serve Museum Center portion of route
  • Reduced Route 49 service along John/Central and Findlay Street.
  • No impact on Access service

Route 28: East End-Milford

  • Discontinue local weekday service from Fairfax to Milford (Route 29X Milford Express would continue to serve this area on weekdays during peak times only.)
  • Add new service along Red Bank Road and more service to Madisonville
  • New connections: Walmart, Medpace, Route 11 Madison Road
  • Discontinue weekend service for Route 28
  • This change will affect Access service

Route 50: Sayler Park

  • Continue weekday peak-period service on the route, but discontinue off-peak and weekend service for Riverside and Sedamsville
  • Extend Route 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