public transportation

Local, regional and federal transportation leaders are meeting Thursday to talk about the future of light rail in the Tri-state.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says the goal is to look at the region's opportunities and build momentum, "to present a vision of a regional rail plan as a part of a multi-modal transportation system and begin to generate some momentum and excitement about accomplishing that."

Portune says the all-day summit will be recorded and available online afterward. He expects a community survey on local transportation needs is also forthcoming.

  Cincinnati Metro CEO & General Manager Terry Garcia Crews and Director of The Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati, Julie Heath, discuss a new study giving high marks to Metro for operational efficiency, and plans for increasing Metro services in 2014.

Hamilton County Engineering

Michael Keating

Cincinnati Council voted Wednesday to fund the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority for just one month in the new year.  

The action is part of the continuing battle between the city and SORTA about the use of the city’s transit fund.  

Cincinnati argues it can be used for any transit related activity.  But the agency says it’s only for Metro bus operations.  SORTA has a lawsuit pending on the issue.  

A Council Member asked City Solicitor John Curp why administrators are proposing a one-month funding ordinance.

Maryanne Zeleznik talks public transit and the Metro bus system with Sallie Hilvers, strategic communications director for SORTA/Metro.