For years, Metro has had to do more with less.
We rank No. 1 against our peers when it comes to operational efficiency, but we have reached a critical point. With a pressing capital shortfall as a result of Metro having to fill operational gaps with capital money, Metro is being squeezed financially by the cost of maintaining buses that have far exceeded their recommended life.
In order to address funding deficits, Metro has implemented a series of cost-saving measures, including the optimization of several underperforming routes, the elimination of some open administrative positions and efforts to recoup costs of some unused parts. If a new funding model is not secured, Metro could be forced to reduce service in order to save money.
Metro is currently funded by 3/10 of a penny of the city's earnings tax, however the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, disinvestment and the rising cost of maintaining an aging fleet have put a strain on Metro’s service. At the same time, the region has seen a growth in jobs outside the urban core, jobs that have been difficult for Metro to serve. To provide improved access to the places riders need to be, and to make our region competitive for jobs and talent, we must reinvent Metro.
The SORTA Board is considering placing a Hamilton County sales tax levy of between 0.5 percent and 1 percent on the November 2018 ballot that would ensure Metro is able to provide the level of service our community needs. You can view the details and options of our plan to bring real, transformational change to our region on The Plan page.
What's the next step?
SORTA is gathering valuable input as the organization decides on whether to pursue a Hamilton County sales tax levy for the November 2018 ballot. To continue doing so, we're hosting several community listening sessions throughout the region between April 28th and March 10th. You can view all upcoming sessions on our events page or schedule an event for your community or organization by contact firstname.lastname@example.org