'Go Forward' Plan Would Expand Bus Service in Cincinnati

With 41 percent of the Cincinnati region’s 1 million jobs located in neighborhoods without public transportation, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority is developing the "Go Forward" plan to lean on bus service to fill the gap.

Chris Wetterich writes that "a $554 million proposal to vastly expand public transportation in Southwest Ohio is notable for both what it is and what it isn’t."

"So far, the Go Forward Transit Plan being crafted by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority is not a rerun of the 2002 MetroMoves proposal – a big-bang idea that would have radically altered the way Greater Cincinnatians move around by introducing light rail throughout the region."

"Go Forward is a plan aimed at making it noticeably easier for people to use what SORTA offers today, its Metro bus system, to get to work."

"To do that, SORTA wants to make some bus routes more rail-like in their frequency, speed and ease of use by expanding Metro Plus service."

"In other words it’s the quintessential, conservative Cincinnati plan – improve reliability but be thrifty about it. Replace your old Chevrolet with a Volkswagen, not a BMW."

Full Story: Metro has a vision, but will it get everyone on the bus?

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