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An adjustment to Metro’s weapons policy is causing some confusion among employees. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) says it’s assigning staff members to look into the situation and see what needs to be done.

Michael Keating

Cincinnati Council spent a lot of time Wednesday discussing a mayoral appointment to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board. Normally such appointments are handled with no discussion.

Mayor Cranley's selection of Heidi Black was eventually confirmed by a 7-2 vote. 

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Several Cincinnati Council Members are running out of patience that the arrival signs at the city's 18 streetcar stations still aren't working.

The signs have been turned off since last month because of ongoing problems with them displaying incorrect information.

Cincinnati Council has approved an ordinance that would allow the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to sell advertising on bus benches to provide seating at stops that lack shelters. 

 

In the meantime, the city will stop removing the currently illegal benches at some stops unless they are unsafe.  

 

Michael Keating

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority told a Cincinnati Council committee Tuesday it has a broken funding formula and it is looking to fix the problem. 

 

Board Chairman Jason Dunn and Chief Executive Officer Dwight Ferrell addressed the Major Transportation and Regional Cooperation Committee.

 

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is putting pressure on the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to eliminate long waits at streetcar stations, but SORTA officials say that will cost money.

Jay Hanselman/WVXU

  

Many Cincinnati residents never thought the day would come, some never wanted it to come. But after years of planning, construction, debates and political battles, the day is finally here. 

Michael Keating

Lots of people are expected in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine when the streetcar begins passenger service on September 9; and Cincinnati Metro will be offering free bus service along the streetcar route that weekend. 

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

  The choice for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board Wednesday was simple – go to the voters now for a new sales tax increase to save the financially troubled bus system or go to the voters later.

In a unanimous vote, the board choose "later" – as in 2017.

One resolution before the board would have put a countywide sales tax increase on this November's ballot, but the board chose instead one which said the board "directs staff to take all appropriate actions necessary to prepare for a ballot initiative in 2017."

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Metro passengers will be able to pay for their bus or streetcar rides with a smartphone or tablet. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board Tuesday morning approved a contract with a company that develops mobile ticketing apps.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Metro and a ride-hailing company have announced a partnership they say will make getting around easier.  The transit company is encouraging its riders to use the app-based Uber. 

Ann Thompson / WVXU

A survey hints at a sales tax ballot issue from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. SORTA asked a sampling of Hamilton County residents if they would vote for a sales tax to support public transportation.

Michael Keating

The membership of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627, the union representing Cincinnati Metro bus drivers, unanimously supported a “no confidence” vote in General Manager/CEO Dwight Ferrell.

ATU President Troy Miller released the information Friday in a press release.  The union says the vote during the membership meeting was unanimous.

Mark Heyne, WVXU

Metro, the tax-supported public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), provides about 17 million bus rides each year in Greater Cincinnati. Metro says its working on several initiatives aimed at reinventing public transportation in our area, including building an Oakley transit center and other improvements.

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What if there was a way to make waiting for the bus a lot easier? Metro*Now, a People’'s Liberty grant project, does this by utilizing off-the-shelf hardware and open source software. Using a tablet display, you just click on any bus stop and see buses arriving at that selected stop in real-time.

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