How FAStops works:
Metro is dedicated to providing safe, efficient and dependable transit service in the Cincinnati region.
To improve the quality and reliability of our service, Metro's FAStops project is evaluating all 4,000+ regular service bus stops in the Metro system to ensure stops aren’t too close or spread too far apart, in addition to stop usage, amenities, safety and accessibility.
Trip time was listed as one of the top three improvements our riders wanted to improve their riding experience. When bus stops are spaced appropriately, or "balanced," it can make service faster and more reliable for riders, while preserving convenience and walkability to stops.
The FAStops project will evaluate which stops are most used today, which stops may need improvements, and which stops may be removed without significantly impacting access to service, and includes potential cost savings for Metro (funds that can be further used to improve service elsewhere).
Stop by one of our information sessions to learn more:
Jan. 22, 2019 UC Tangeman Center 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jan. 23, 2019 Walnut Hills Library noon - 2 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019 Price Hill Library/Rec Center noon - 2 p.m. Jan. 28, 2019 Clifton Public Library noon - 2 p.m. Jan. 28, 2019 Cheviot Public Library 4-6 p.m. Jan. 29, 2019 Oakley Public Library noon - 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 2019 Northside Public Library noon-2 p.m. Feb. 5, 2019 Bond Hill Public Library 4-6 p.m. Feb. 6, 2019 College Hill Library noon - 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 2019 Government Square 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 11, 2019 Oakley Transit Center 8-10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2019 Glenway Crossing Transit Center 3-5 p.m.
How does balanced bus stop spacing improve bus service?
Faster Smoother More Reliable Better Bus Stop Facilities and Amenities It can take a bus up to 20 seconds to slow down, stop and pick up a passenger, and merge back into traffic. This means that more frequent stops add up to longer travel times. For example, going from nine stops per mile to six stops per mile can save up to one minute, equating to five minutes on a five-mile trip, while still providing riders with a convenient walking distance to the bus stop. Stop-and-go service is frustrating and uncomfortable. When a bus route has stops that are very close together, it is more likely to stop frequently as riders choose to board/get off as close to their home or destination as possible. More appropriate bus stop spacing means a smoother and more predictable ride. A bus might stop at 90% of stops on some trips, but only 60% of stops on other trips. As a result, travel time varies widely from trip to trip, making service less predictable. By removing selected stops, we can more accurately predict which stops will be served. This makes travel times more consistent from trip to trip, leading to more predictable service that’s more likely to run on time. Public transit systems need to be fiscally responsible, meaning they cannot afford to provide high quality facilities and amenities at every stop. Removing stops that are inaccessible, serve few or no riders and contribute to poor service allows Metro to focus on providing high quality facilities and amenities at the stops where they are needed most.
When can riders expect to see these changes?
Frequently Asked Questions
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Contact Metro at RouteComments@go-metro.com.