Bus Service Upgrades Coming to Cincinnati Metro

Posted on 02/28/21 by The AARP Bulletin

Better bus service, with more routes and destinations, is among the changes Cincinnati Metro riders can expect after voters approved a sales tax increase last year.

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The 0.8 percent sales tax bump, which took effect last fall, will fund $130 million each year for improvements to bus service, including increased routes, longer service hours and upgrades to infrastructure. 

AARP Ohio is hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to noon, for Hamilton County residents to learn more about the plan. 

Khaled Shammout of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will discuss how the improved service will benefit older residents by providing increased access to transportation and greater freedom of mobility. The plan includes bus rapid transit service, which will be faster than local or express routes, with more frequent service reducing travel and wait times.

Metro’s Access program, which serves people with disabilities, will also expand, with more small buses and destination options.
 
Town hall participants will be able to ask questions and offer feedback on the plan. To attend the free event, go to vekeo.com/aarpohio or call 866-767-0665. A recording will also be available on the website for those who miss the live program.

—Janice Brewster 

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