Metro has unveiled plans for an Uptown Transit District that will be built in 2013 to better serve the thousands of people riding Metro to and from the Uptown area every day.
The Uptown Transit District will be composed of four distinct locations:
University of Cincinnati on Jefferson
University Hospital and medical center
Hughes Corner business district
Vine between McMillian and Calhoun
Designed by Michael Schuster Associates, the Uptown Transit District's overall look will be consistent in all four locations for easy identification. The district will offer many customer amenities, including:
Distinctive, sheltered boarding areas
Integration with other employer and UC shuttle services
Wayfinding and rider information kiosks
Enhanced streetscaping and sidewalk improvements in some areas
The Uptown Transit District will serve as the major connection and transfer point for 10 Metro routes and several Uptown shuttles offered by the University of Cincinnati and area employers.
"Uptown is a booming in terms of jobs, education, and health care, and we want to make it easier to access this thriving area using transit," said Terry Garcia Crews, CEO and General Manager of Metro. "The Uptown Transit District will offer great amenities for our current riders and will provide infrastructure to support new services we hope to offer in the future."
The Uptown Transit District was developed with the involvement of partners including the University of Cincinnati, the Uptown Consortium, and the City of Cincinnati.
Funding for the Uptown Transit District comes from a federal earmark and federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality funds made available through the Ohio Department of Transportation and OKI Regional Council of Governments. Local funds are also being used for this $6.9 million construction project.
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