From left to right, SORTA Board member Frank Bowen, Uptown Consortium CEO Beth Robinson, SORTA Board Chair Jason Dunn, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Metro Interim CEO Darryl Haley, District Director for SW Ohio Brooke Hill, and OKI Executive Director Mark Policinski cut the ribbon for Metro's new Uptown Transit District.
Photo credit: Cincinnati Metro
With the official opening of Metro’s Uptown Transit District, Metro and community leaders celebrated a new way to better connect Metro riders.
Metro’s new Uptown Transit District will serve the thousands of people riding Metro to and from jobs, education, medical services and entertainment in Uptown every day.
The Uptown Transit District serves as the major connection and transfer point for several Metro routes. It is composed of boarding areas in four locations:
- University of Cincinnati on Jefferson
- Medical center area (University Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center)
- Clifton Heights business district (near Hughes High School)
- Vine between McMillian and Calhoun
The Uptown Transit District was developed with the involvement of partners including the University of Cincinnati, the Uptown Consortium, and the city of Cincinnati.
Designed by Michael Schuster Associates and built by Adleta Construction, the new shelters offer many customer amenities, including:
- Distinctive, sheltered boarding areas
- Real-time information
- Wayfinding and rider information kiosks
- Enhanced streetscaping and sidewalk improvements in some areas
- Ticket vending machines at two locations
"The Uptown Transit District is a major improvement in transit amenities in Uptown, and we're very excited to officially open it today," said Jason Dunn, SORTA Board Chair. "The transit district concept is a new approach to providing mass transportation that sets the stage for a new Metro."
Metro secured $7 million for the Uptown Transit District project. This includes federal earmark and federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality funds made available through the Ohio Department of Transportation and OKI Regional Council of Governments and local funds.