METRO EXPRESS ROUTE CHANGES PLANNED FOR THIS SUMMER

Changes implemented on Aug. 13 to improve productivity on four routes
Metro will optimize the four express routes with the lowest productivity, effective on Monday, August 13 as part of the fall service change:

Rt. 38X Glenway Crossing-Uptown
- Eliminate 2 morning/2 evening trips
- Operate 4 morning/4 evening trips with adjusted schedule
- Several local routes cover the majority of the Rt. 38X (primarily Rt. 51)
- Change will not affect Access service

Rt. 52X Harrison Express:
- Eliminate 1 morning/1 evening trip
- Operate 4 morning/4 evening trips with adjusted schedule
- Change will not affect Access service
 
Rt. 75X Anderson Express/Anderson Job Connection

Rt. 81X Mt. Washington Express:
- The original recommendation has been modified based on comments from riders
- Rt. 75X and Rt. 81X will NOT be combined

- Schedules for both routes will be adjusted

- Rt. 75X:  Eliminate 2 morning/2 evening trips; operate 5 morning/5 evening trips

- Rt. 81X:  Continue current routing; keep 2 morning/2 afternoon trips
- Eliminate reverse commute trips serving Belterra Park on Rt. 75
- Change will not affect Access service

These changes are projected to reduce costs by about $270,000.  Metro held public meetings about these changes in February and conducted a federally required Title VI analysis to determine that there are no disparate impacts on minority populations or disproportionate burdens on low-income individuals.

“As we work to create a sustainable and efficient transit system, we are continuing to pursue ways to optimize our routes to better serve the public and reduce our operating costs, when possible,” said CEO Dwight A. Ferrell. “As we prepare to face the budget challenges ahead, making sure the service we are providing is the service that is needed is of paramount importance.”

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 14 million rides per year. 
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