Less Waiting. Extended Hours. Shorter Trip Time.
These are the guiding pillars of the Reinventing Metro Plan. The Plan outlines concepts for the transit improvements that are possible with new sales tax funding at the 0.8% level.
After nearly three years worth of community outreach and planning, the Reinventing Metro plan was created. The plan outlines the possibilities to provide sustainable, long-term funding, as well as outlines service improvements should a county-wide sales tax funding is secured.
The objectives of the plan are financial sustainability, improved service frequency, longer service hours, and shorter trip times for customers. Various improvements including the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit corridors becomes possible.
Our region has changed
When Metro was formed in 1973, Hamilton County was a different place. Most people worked downtown and lived in nearby suburbs, so Metro's hub-and-spoke transit system met their needs. Today, our region has changed, but Metro has not because of an unsustainable funding model. Reliant on a city-based earnings tax, Metro is efficiently run but does not connect enough people to available jobs and much-needed service in our region.
*UC Economics Center Study
Current funding is unsustainable
In 2016, the Metro Future's Task Force, a volunteer committee of business, community, labor and faith leaders, determined that Metro's current funding source is unsustainable and cannot support its existing route network or any improvements. Here are some key learnings and recommendations:
If we do nothing
Metro is facing significant budget deficits over the next 10 years. Without additional funding, routes could be eliminated, frequency of service could be reduced, fares could increase, and more people could be cut off from jobs, education, healthcare, and other much-needed services.
*Balanced 2018 Operating Budget
• EY Business Assessment: A third-party, comprehensive financial assessment commissioned by the Transportation Business Coalition, a partnership of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Cincinnati Business Committee, and the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee at the request of SORTA.
Studies and Reports:
• UC Economics Center Study: A study that ranked us #1 in efficiency among our peer transportation cities.
• The Community Impact and Related Benefits of Metro: A 2015 study by the UC Economics Center that evaluated Metro's effect on the local economy.
• Reinventing Metro Development Study: In early 2017, we received a report from consultant AECOM, illustrating options for improving our system if additional funding were available for services in Hamilton County.
• METRO Futures Task Force: The task force concluded that SORTA's funding was unsustainable.
• March 2016 Public Opinion Survery: Conducted from Feb. 8-11, 2016, by Fallon Research & Communications, Inc. with responses from 404 Hamilton County residents, we found that 92% believe transit supports the economy and quality of life; 79% see benefits in expanded transit.
• UC Economics Center: Economic Analysis of Reinventing Metro
• AECOM Reinventing Metro: The Connected Region