Thursday, June 10, 2004

Bus routes restored after public comment



The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority has decided to keep some Metro bus routes that had been headed for extinction as part of systemwide efficiency improvements.

The routes saved from elimination include the Mangham loop in Lincoln Heights and the express line from Greenhills to downtown. The Hamilton Avenue-to-Northgate Mall connection was also restored.

The plan approved by the transit authority Tuesday will not resurrect Loveland's bus route, however, unless that city decides to pay for it.

The Metro services restored - after receiving comments from 2,000 riders - will cost $350,000, spokeswoman Sallie Hilvers said Wednesday. Two-thirds of the increase was offset by making small reductions in the frequency and hours of some routes.

All route changes will begin Aug. 22. Detailed information about the new schedules and routes will be posted on Metro's Web site, www.sorta.com, as it becomes available, Hilvers said.




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