METRO TO LAUNCH FINAL STAGE OF BUS STOP BALANCING PROJECT AIMED AT SPEEDING UP TRIP TIMES FOR RIDERS
Metro will host series of public information meetings about the projectMetro will kick off a series of community meetings later this month ahead of the implementation of Phase III of its FAStops bus stop balancing project. The latest and final phase of the project, which was designed to meet requests from riders for shorter trip times and improved service, launches Dec. 1 on the following routes:112030X75X14X23X417815X2442X81X1625X5182X172852X851929X74XFAStops information meetings are scheduled for the following dates*:• Oct. 28 | Colerain Township Senior Center Hall B | 5-7:30 p.m.• Oct. 29 | Cincinnati Public Library Downtown (Tower Room) | 5-7:30 p.m.• Oct. 30 | Recovery Center of Hamilton County (clients and staff only) | noon-1:30 p.m.• Nov. 4 | Goodwill Industries Auditorium (clients and staff only) | 12:30-1:30 p.m. • Nov. 4 | SORTA Board Room (602 Main St., 12th Floor) | 5-7:30 p.m. • Nov. 7 | Anderson Township Admin. Building Lower Atrium | 5-7:30 p.m. • Nov. 11 | Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired | 10-11 a.m. • Nov. 12 | Forest Park Senior Center | 5-7:30 p.m. • Nov. 19 | College Hill Rec Center | 5-7:30 p.m. *More dates may be scheduled. Check go-metro.com/fastops for complete information.The project, which began in June 2018 with a system-wide evaluation of Metro’s 4,000+ regular service bus stops, aims to not only speed up trip times, but to allow for the agency to make improvements along routes by streamlining bus stop placement. Each stop is assessed based on its location — ensuring stops aren’t too close together — as well as its usage, amenities, safety and accessibility.In March, Metro began piloting the project along Rts. 15X, 17, 31, 33 and 41. The positive results of the pilot, which included improvements in on-time performance and time savings that will allow Metro to adjust schedules in the future to speed up trip times, led the agency to implement Phase II in August along half of its routes. Phase III includes the other half of Metro’s routes.More information about the project, including maps showing changes to stops and a comment form, can be found at go-metro.com/fastops.Community feedback wantedThe community is encouraged to provide feedback on the stops being considered for removal, as well as suggest additional stops they believe should be considered. Feedback may be provided through an online survey, via email at RouteComments@go-metro.com or by mail to SORTA/Metro, Attn: Route Comments, 602 Main St., Suite 1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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