For much of Cincinnati, our bus system is a mystery. Sure, everyone has seen Metro buses on the street, but riding one is inconceivable.
The bus careens round a corner, nearly home to Government Square. Oh, but what it has seen today, the 46.
We don’t have to wait a decade for a rapid transit route to be built in order to reduce congestion. We can do it now with Metro. And for the sanity of commuters who use Columbia, I certainly hope we do it before construction starts.
If employers want to fill jobs and keep growing, they need public transportation to work in our suburbs. There is no way around it.
Well-placed bus shelters can keep thousands per day out of the rain and wind, especially at high usage and transfer stops. In hot weather they provide shade and a place to sit while waiting for an infrequent or delayed bus.
The scooters have exposed two of the biggest shortcomings of Cincinnati's bus system.
I would guess most bus systems in America deal with them, too.
Nobody knows where the buses go or how to pay.
What is ‘good’ bus service? There are several measures which gauge the effectiveness and quality of bus service.
In short, a bus route is ranked based on how much access the line provides its riders, how much mobility it gives the communities it runs through, and how useful the service is to its potential riders.