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After more than a year of planning and community input, Metro launched a new bus service on Monday geared toward getting riders to work in a lot less time.
Metro spent about $6 million to create the new service called Metro*Plus, which will serve as a model for other cities to potentially follow, according to Jill Dunne, Metro's public information officer.
The 12-mile route will go from Kenwood Towne Center to Xavier University, Uptown near the University of Cincinnati, downtown and The Banks, lasting approximately 54 minutes in route.
"This is really a demonstration project so we want to see it very successful and if it is that's going to change the way we look at creating our future routes," said Dunne.
Dunne says the company conducted a consumer-based survey to assess the needs of metro riders in 2012.
"We really determined this is something the community needs," said Dunne. "The Montgomery Road corridor is a very busy one and we really wanted a way to connect Kenwood with The Banks and uptown so it really provides those connections in a direct way that we didn't have before."
Ten brand new buses were added to Metro's services which is slated to provide more convenient and comfortable rides for customers.
"We really hope that Metro Plus is a way to boost our ridership. We're hoping that, based on our research... the two years of development for this service, that it really helps get people where they need to go. We really think it will create that boost in ridership," said Dunne.
Metro's new bus route services began Monday. Transportation is free to riders the first week and will run every 15 minutes from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday – Friday.
For a list of Metro's new services and a listing of routes, click here.
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