The board that operates Cincinnati's Metro system is looking for a new leader.
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority says CEO and General Manager Terry Garcia Crews is resigning effective immediately.
In a release, the board says Crews is returning to a career in transit industry consulting. Crews was hired in November 2010.
Metro will begin offering health benefits to domestic partners in January 2015. The busing agency says it is the first transit system of its size in the state to take this step.
Before becoming Metro's Ridership development manager, Kim Lahman says she benefited from a similar program offered by her partner's employer.
Update 12/17/13 @ 6:20 PM: Council members Young, Simpson and Seelbach released a statement on SORTA's offer to take responsibility for streetcar operating cost. A portion reads:
Metro is rolling out its new Plus service and Uptown Transit District plan around UC and the hospital campuses.
Four new boarding shelters are being installed. They'll feature LED displays with real-time information.
The district will also serve as a transfer point for nine routes rather than going through the main hub downtown.
President and CEO of the Uptown Consortium Beth Robinson says the newly created Uptown Transit District is important for easing congestion.
Cincinnati City Council ended its dispute with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Wednesday by approving Metro's operating budget for the remaining four-months of the city's fiscal year. Council had been approving monthly budgets because of a disagreement with the SORTA, which manages the bus system, over how the city's transit tax can be spent. The SORTA Board argued it was only for Metro purposes and had filed a lawsuit concerning the issue. The city countered it could be used for any transit related expense.