Main Street Bus Lane Goes into Effect Next Month Between Fifth and Central Parkway

New Bus Lane Is the First of Its Kind in the City of Cincinnati
-- City of Cincinnati Press Release -- 

CINCINNATI – The City of Cincinnati is designating a bus lane in the east curb lane of Main Street between Fifth Street and Central Parkway during morning and afternoon rush hours Monday through Friday starting in mid-November. This new designation means non-bus traffic will be prohibited from traveling continuously in the far-right lane during peak travel times.

Main at 7th with Bus The change, which includes the removal of a pedestrian bump-out at the northeast corner of Main at Seventh Street, is expected to improve traffic flow in this heavily congested stretch of the Central Business District.

Cars, trucks and other vehicles will continue to be allowed to turn right at Seventh Street and into and out of parking lots from the bus lane. To help guide motorists, new overhead signage and pavement markings are being installed along Main Street this month.

Main Street runs one-way north from The Banks, through Downtown into Over-the-Rhine.

Please see the attached map, which shows the location of the bus lane.

Approximately 635 Metro buses travel on Main Street between Fifth and Central each week day. Of those, 90 buses use the far-right lane to pick up passengers at stops along Main during afternoon rush hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Most of those buses travel to Central Parkway. A few buses turn right or left at various Intersections.

Under current conditions, those buses heading to Central Parkway must merge in and out of vehicular traffic to pick up passengers and to get around the bump-out, causing slowdowns and congestion during peak travel times.

“Removing the bump-out and significantly limiting vehicular traffic in that far-right lane will allow buses to travel unimpeded,” said John Brazina, transit manager for the City’s Department of Transportation & Engineering. “The Main Street bus lane will increase safety by reducing the number of buses that merge in and out of the travel lane at bus stops.”

The change is being made in conjunction with Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), the public agency that runs the local Metro bus system. This bus lane is the first of its kind in the City of Cincinnati.

“We’re excited about the bus lane,” said Ted Meyer, Metro’s director of service planning and scheduling. “It should improve the overall experience for commuters who travel on this part of Main Street, including Metro customers and bus operators.”

Metro plans to measure the effectiveness of the bus lane by comparing on-time performance before and after the pilot project takes effect.

Current parking conditions will not change. Visitors will continue to be allowed to park at meters between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking restrictions between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. will remain in effect. The addition of the bus lane will not adversely affect service for the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar, which travels on the opposite side of Main Street.

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Ursula Thomas Miller

Communications Manager

Department of Transportation & Engineering

City of Cincinnati

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