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NO SALES TAX LEVY FOR TRANSIT ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

SORTA will not ask for a Hamilton County sales tax this year

S.O.R.T.A. BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON JULY 25 TO MAKE DECISION ON HAMILTON COUNTY SALES TAX LEVY

At a special meeting on July 25 at 9 a.m., the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) will decide whether or not to request a Hamilton County sales tax on this November’s ballot and, if so, at what level.

METRO TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETINGS TO PRESENT REINVENTING METRO CONCEPTUAL PLAN

Nine informational meetings to be held throughout Hamilton County

METRO TO LAUNCH WI-FI PILOT PROGRAM ON BUSES

Free Wi-Fi service aimed at enhancing customer experience and security.

METRO SEEKS COMMENTS ON OPTIMIZATION OF FOUR ROUTES

Changes projected to reduce costs by nearly $430,000. Four public meetings to be held in February to receive comments.

S.O.R.T.A. BOARD NAMES 2018 LEADERSHIP

Kreg Keesee elected SORTA Chair; Maurice Brown as Vice Chair.

A LETTER FROM S.O.R.T.A. BOARD CHAIR JASON DUNN

The following letter was sent from Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board Chair Jason Dunn to the SORTA Board and Metro staff concerning his resignation from the board, effective Jan. 16, 2018.

S.O.R.T.A. RECOGNIZED FOR FINANCIAL REPORTING PRACTICES

26 consecutive years of financial reporting excellence.

REINVENTING METRO PLAN: MORE ACCESS TO JOBS

More frequent transit service to employment in Hamilton County. Also expanded Access service for people with disabilities proposed.

S.O.R.T.A. TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO RECEIVE COMMENTS ON PROPOSED 2018 FARE INCREASES FOR METRO, ACCESS

Meeting to be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, 3-7 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

2018 BUDGET BALANCED, BUT OPTIONS RUNNING OUT FOR S.O.R.T.A.

2018 budget includes service restructuring, cost cutting, a proposal for first fare increase since 2009. Funding model is broken; deficits projected beginning 2019.

ROUTE RESTRUCTURING WILL TAKE PLACE IN DECEMBER

Changes intended to boost ridership, reduce costs by almost $470,000.

METRO BREAKS GROUND ON NEW OAKLEY TRANSIT CENTER

$1.2M project to offer improved east and west connections, access to jobs.

METRO SEEKS COMMENTS ON RESTRUCTURING OF THREE ROUTES

Changes projected to boost ridership, reduce costs by more than $500,000. Public meeting on Aug. 23, 4-8 p.m., to receive comments.

METRO LAUNCHES NEW CINCY EZALERTS

New feature provides riders with service alerts for their route.

SORTA BOARD SETS STAGE TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE BUS SYSTEM IN 2018

Seeks to change from city-based earnings tax to countywide sales tax for expanded Metro bus service.

S.O.R.T.A. BOARD TO CONSIDER LEVY DECISION AT SPECIAL EVENING MEETING

There will be a special evening SORTA board meeting on Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

METRO TO DISPLAY PREVIEW OF 30-FT. PASSPORT HD BUS

On Thursday, May 25, view an example of a small bus that Metro may purchase to improve efficiency and productivity.

METRO TO HOST “WOMEN ON THE MOVE” FORUM TO ENGAGE WOMEN

Metro will host “Women on the Move: A Transit Forum” on Thursday, June 15 to engage in discussions with women in the community about the public transportation issues that are important to them and the people in their lives.

METRO TO HOLD COMMUNITY OUTREACH SESSIONS TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF SYSTEM

Metro is holding ten community outreach sessions throughout Hamilton County to get public feedback on its proposed service improvement plans for the region’s bus system.

S.O.R.T.A. BOARD HOLDS EVENING MEETING TO DISCUSS PLANS

To be even more accessible to the public, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will hold a special evening board meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Community Action Agency (1740 Langdon Farm Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237) and is open to the public.

$3 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT PROJECTED FOR 2018

SORTA to ask City to use Transit Fund reserve funds and in process of joining Ohio Checkbook online.

METRO CEO TO HOST COFFEE CHATS

Community invited to talk transit at area coffee shops.

METRO AWARDS CONTRACT TO BUILD NEW OAKLEY TRANSIT CENTER

Project to offer riders improved connections, convenience and amenities.

REPORT SHOWS SERVICE OPTIONS TO REINVENT METRO

Today, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board received a report from consultant AECOM, illustrating options if additional funding were available for service in Hamilton County. Three options were presented for a 10-year period, assuming Hamilton County sales tax funding of ½-cent, ¾-cent and 1-cent.

METRO CEO DWIGHT FERRELL GETS ONBOARD TO FIND OUT WHAT CUSTOMERS REALLY WANT

Want to know what your customers want? Ask them. That’s just what Metro CEO Dwight A. Ferrell is doing by getting onboard to talk face-to-face with customers in hopes of finding out how to improve their experience riding Metro.

METRO TO ROLL OUT NEW COMMUTER-STYLE BUSES

New buses equipped with customer focused amenities such as charging ports and reclining seats.

METRO TAKES ANNUAL MEETING ‘ON THE ROAD’

This State of Metro outreach is being implemented instead of a traditional annual meeting, resulting in a broader group of community members learning about the organization’s state of affairs.

2017 BUDGET: TOUGH YEAR FOR S.O.R.T.A.

Budget balanced next year with one-time fixes; deficit looms for 2018. Outreach begins as SORTA considers plans for the future