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Will ride-share zones help you avoid traffic backups near OTR hot spots?

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 13:30:09-04

CINCINNATI — The city will soon begin a pilot program to evaluate the best location for a ride-share zone on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine to help mitigate traffic issues.

The Department of Transportation and Engineering released a report Wednesday at the request of Councilmembers P.G. Sittenfeld and Wendell Young.

Ride-share zones provide specific pickup and drop-off locations for passengers utilizing ride-share services such as Lyft and Uber.

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In April, the councilmen requested the following information on the feasibility of a ride-share zone on Main Street between 12th Avenue and Liberty Street:

  • The need for a ride-share zone.
  • Estimated costs to implement a ride-share zone.
  • Potential locations for a ride-share zone.

Dozens of bars, restaurants and businesses are located on or near the busy stretch of Main Street.

The Department of Transportation and Engineering worked with companies like Lyft and Uber to identify the hot spots, according to the report. The department recommended a ride-share pilot program that will be evaluated over the first three months to determine if adjustments should be made.

Signage will be installed in the following locations:

  • East 12th Street at OTR Live (located at 209 East 12th St.)
  • East side of Main Street between the two sections of 12th Street (currently the Taxi staging area near Japp’s and The Drinkery)
  • West side of Main Street between 13th and Woodward streets

The zones will be in operation from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. The city is in the process of ordering signs. A specific date for the start of the pilot program has not been announced.

The estimated cost, including labor and materials, is $1,000.