SORTA

Transportation
1:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Metro extends benefits to same-sex partners

Metro handed out pride-themed buttons during the announcement that it is extending health coverage to same-sex domestic partners.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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.

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Cincinnati Streetcar
12:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

SORTA: we'll assist with streetcar operating costs

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:

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Transportation
1:32 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Metro launching plan to boost ridership in Uptown

A small-scale display of the new Metro*Plus bus stops being built in the Uptown area near UC and the medical campuses.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

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.

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Public transportation
3:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Cincinnati and SORTA resolve transit fund dispute

Cincinnati Metro buses in downtown
Michael Keating

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.  

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Public transportation
3:16 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Cincinnati will extend SORTA funding for another month

Michael Keating

The ongoing dispute between Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority about the use of the city’s transit fund is still dragging on. 


Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls spoke during a special Budget and Finance Committee meeting Tuesday.


"Members of the committee may remember that we passed a one-month budget for SORTA a number weeks ago," Qualls said.  "This is another one month budget for the period of February."


The city argues the fund can be used for any transit purpose. 

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