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400 Stops Removed From the Cincinnati Metro Bus System

The process of reducing the number of stops on a transit line—known as bus stop thinning, consolidation, or balancing—took effect this week in Cincinnati. Reducing the number of stops is intended to speed up buses and improve reliability.
December 3, 2019, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Cincinnati Metro riders using hundreds of the bus system's stops -- including some serving Cincinnati Public Schools' high school students -- had to catch their ride at a new location Monday morning, after the transit authority removed 400 stops over the weekend," reports Pat LaFleur.

The 400 stops were removed in the third phase of the FAStops program, launched a year ago with the intention of speeding up Cincinnati Metro buses.

"The theory behind the FAStops plan is to optimize bus stop spacing in order to keep buses moving more efficiently along their routes, Cincinnati Metro spokeswoman Brandy Jones told WCPO in 2018, shortly after the transit agency announced the program."

LeFleur's coverage of the stop removals focuses on the impact of the program on Metro lines serving routes to schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools system.

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Published on Monday, December 2, 2019 in WCPO
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