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Metro to hold community meetings in effort to improve ridership

Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 14:40:40-04

CINCINNATI -- Metro wants to improve riders’ experience, but it changes could come with a fare increase. 

Metro shared its “Reinventing Metro” plans over the weekend, which consists of nine meetings over the next couple of weeks to gauge rider’s feedback and to discuss improvements that could be made with more funding. 

Metro’s plans include added 24-hour service on major roads and adding crosstown routes with less Downtown connections. Metro currently runs five crosstown routes, which make up about 10 percent of all ridership. 

Metro officials say Metro gets more than half of its funding from city taxpayers, including those who work in Cincinnati but live outside the city. Metro wants to change the funding from an earnings tax to a sales tax, which could range from half a percent to 1 percent.

“It's important for the community to join us for the these public meetings as an opportunity to not only get more awareness about what our plans are, but to also give us feedback,” said Brandy Jones, director of external affairs. “We want to make sure that the Metro we're envisioning for the future is one that meets the needs of our region.” 

There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Anderson Center in Anderson Township. If you can’t make it, you can watch a live stream on Metro’s Facebook page.