As SORTA/Metro prepares to bring BRT to the Greater Cincinnati region, it has been conducting a study to determine which two of the region's major transportation corridors will initially receive BRT service; more corridors may be added in the future to create a regional BRT network.
Four corridors were initially identified during the Reinventing Metro plan development process as possible alternatives for introducing BRT to our region: Glenway Avenue, Hamilton Avenue, Reading Road, and Montgomery Road. These corridors represent Metro's most popular transit routes, each of which carries more than one million riders a year.
UPDATE January 2023
In January 2023, SORTA/Metro announced that the Hamilton Avenue and Reading Road corridors will be the two corridors to first receive BRT service. The Glenway and Montgomery Road corridors will receive service enhancements.
This determination was made based on the results of detailed technical analyses of each of the corridors conducted in 2022. These considered each corridor’s ability to:
Attract riders and increase mode share
Improve transit speed and reliability
Enhance transportation network connectivity
Provide equitable access to frequent services
Support the installation and operation of BRT infrastructure (smart traffic signals, BRT stations, designated travel lanes, etc.)
Support economic development opportunities
PROPOSED BRT STATION LOCATIONS
The BRT route identification process also considered current ridership and ridership potential, connections needed to rider destinations and/or other transit services, future land use opportunities, and local environmental, historic, and community issues.
The study included robust public engagement efforts which gathered community input through public meetings (both in-person and virtual), presentations to community councils, public surveys, pop-ups at local events, and meetings with local business and municipality leaders. Input received from the public was an important factor in determining which of the four corridors would be the first to receive BRT service.
Now that the initial corridors have been identified, the study has shifted focus toward preparing an initial BRT operations plan, identifying stations locations, preparing conceptual BRT station designs, and refining initial ridership and cost estimates. The study is also looking at which enhanced services will be offered along the Glenway and Montgomery Road corridors.
This phase of the BRT Study is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2023.
BRT ROUTE & STATION LOCATION VIDEO
The video below highlights Metro's first two BRT routes and the proposed locations of the stations that will serve them.
BRT STATION DESIGN WORKSHOPS
In February 2023, we hosted a virtual BRT Station Design workshop to get public input regarding proposed station locations - where they will be located and what they will look like - and possible community enhancement and development/redevelopment opportunities. Although the workshop is now closed to comments, you can still review the information shared and feedback received by clicking here.