The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority today broke ground on what will soon become the new Oakley Transit Center.
Located at the intersection of Marburg and Ibsen, the transit center will provide improved connections and amenities to make using public transit more convenient. It will feature four boarding bays, designated off-street park & ride spaces for commuters, enhanced transit shelters, streetscaping, wayfinding, a ticket vending machine and real-time information screens.
The Oakley area represents approximately 7,100 jobs and is home to several major retailers including the world’s second largest Kroger, making it the ideal transit center location.
“As we work to reinvent Metro, this is the perfect opportunity for us to enhance the transit experience for the many customers living and working in this area and to attract even more riders,” said Metro CEO & General Manager Dwight A. Ferrell. “The Oakley Transit Center will offer more convenient connections between five major Metro routes in addition to providing improved access to employment opportunities, medical services, shopping and entertainment in the area.”
The Oakley Transit Center will be served by two crosstown routes, the 41 and 51, connecting the east and west sides of town; two local routes, the 4 and 11; and one express route, the 12X, with service into downtown Cincinnati.
The project was designed by the Transportation Planning and Urban Design section of the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering. The Oakley Transit Center is expected to be completed this winter.
The $1.2 million Oakley Transit Center project is funded through a Federal Surface Transportation Program grant and local match funds. Project partners include the Ohio Department of Transportation, OKI Regional Council of Governments, and the City of Cincinnati.
Metro is a non-profit public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 15 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.