Improvements

Faster Service and Shorter Trip Times

Improved connections with crosstown routes and potential BRT lines.

Increased Frequency

Service every 15 minutes or better on major routes.

Extended Hours

24-hour service on six major corridors.

Enhanced Customer Amenities

Real-time signs, improved apps, more shelters, Wi-Fi and charging ports.

Improved Transit Benefits All:
A look at how the Reinventing Metro plan affects the region

     Travel Time

More than half of all Metro rides are trips to work. In addition, many employers in Hamilton County are adding jobs but don’t have enough workers to fill them; lack of transit access is a key factor in that labor shortage. Job centers will be directly accessible by bus to most of Hamilton County’s residents and workforce.
  - 494,670 jobs within ¼-mile of bus service (570,116 jobs within ½-mile).   
  - 24-hour bus service will be available to 343,515 jobs within ½-mile.
  - $850 million in more wages will be served by the enhanced transit network.

     Increasing Competitiveness

Hamilton County competes with other regions for talent and jobs. Employers are increasingly considering an area’s transit options when making site selections. When more of Hamilton County is accessible by frequent, quality bus service, we become more economically competitive as a region. Reinventing Metro will also incentivize companies to locate in Hamilton County where they know their employees will have access to quality bus service.  

     New Routes & Transfer Times

New routes will be created, alignment changes will be made, and new weekend service will be introduced.  These improvements will allow users to reach more destinations, more frequently. New crosstown routes will decrease travel time by making travel more direct and eliminating the need to go downtown in order to take a different bus back out to your destination.
  - 8 new routes will be added
  - 8 existing routes will be extended or re-aligned to serve as many people as possible  
  - 4 new crosstown east-west service
  - Express service to regional job hubs

     Return on Investment

Every dollar invested in public transit returns more to the community in terms of economic development, traffic reduction and commuter savings.


     Greater Frequency

Twenty-six routes will have increased frequency of service. Six of our busiest routes will have service 24 hours a day. On weekends, service will be more frequent on nearly every route.  The new frequent bus network will dramatically cut travel time by reducing wait times at bus stops.  
  - 14 routes to run every 15 minutes or less
  - 16 routes to run every 15 – 20 minutes
  - 11 routes to run every 20 – 30 minutes
  - 5 routes to run every 30 – 60 minutes

     Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Bus Rapid Transit  brings faster-than-ever service to major corridors that would significantly reduce travel times, benefiting multiple areas across the region.  BRT service benefits:
  - Riders, through faster service
  - Property owners, through positive improvements to infrastructure
  - Businesses, through improved accessibility to their businesses.

     Increased Mobility

Non-drivers such as people with disabilities, seniors looking to age in place and young people need good transit to fully participate in life pursuits. Reinventing Metro also will increase the travel area for people who use Metro's Access service. More area covered by bus service in Hamilton County would provide people who rely on Access far more destination options.





     Productive Traveling

Enhanced amenities like Wi-Fi and charging ports on board make using public transportation more attractive and provide a way for commuters to work, read, study and use tablets and smartphones while commuting.


To understand the impact of the Reinventing Metro plan, let's look at some typical trips:


• Single mom who lives in Price Hill and works at Northgate Mall until 9 p.m.
• Rides two buses, spending 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours each day commuting

With improved transit: her daily travel time would be 50 minutes with increased frequency and later service



• Manufacturing worker lives in Avondale and works in Sharonville
• Rides two buses and spends nearly 3 hours each day with limited options

With improved transit:
his daily travel time would be 1 hour and 20 minutes with more service, increased frequency and a neighborhood circulator



• Student at the University of Cincinnati who works Sundays at Anderson Towne Center
• Rides Rt. 24 but spends nearly 2 hours commuting, arriving early at work and waiting to leave due to limited frequency

With improved transit: increased frequency would give her more options with less waiting


• Retiree lives in Madisonville and volunteers at a church in Kenwood
• Spends 4 hours commuting and has to ride two buses

With improved transit: a new route would significantly shorten his trip to 15 minutes



• Health care worker lives in Bond Hill and works 7 a.m. shift at University Hospital
• Must take 2 buses to get to work or 1 bus and walk the final 1/2 mile

With improved transit: increased commuting options with 12 minute frequency on some routes and direct service



• Accountant lives in Montgomery and works in Uptown
• Has always driven to work but wishes she could use transit to be more productive

With improved transit: more crosstown service would give her a faster commute with time to catch up on emails while avoiding traffic