The Cincinnati Streetcar will be great for people who already ride the bus because it will improve mobility and connectivity and add another transportation option to the urban core.
Metro operates a hub and spoke system where virtually every route runs downtown to Government Square. There are, however, three cross-town routes, the Rts. 31, 41 and 51 and two functional cross-town routes, the Rts. 1 and 28/50 (not labeled as cross-town routes, but they provide east to west service without a transfer).
The Cincinnati Streetcar will connect with 80% of the cross-town routes in the Metro system as well as circulators like the Rt. 85 Parking Meeter and the Southbank Shuttle. The map below shows the connections between the Cincinnati Streetcar and Metro’s cross-town bus routes.
The Streetcar can also help people have a shorter wait for their connections to a cross-town bus. If someone was at Findlay Market and wanted to transfer to an eastbound Rt. 31 bus at Vine and McMillan, without the streetcar the average wait time throughout the day will be 9 minutes. With the streetcar, the average wait time drops to 6 minutes. Similar time savings would be expected with transfers to the Rt. 51 cross-town and other routes in the system.
The easier it is for people to use public transportation, the more people will use it—reducing pollution and congestion for everyone, even people who have never stepped foot on a bus or a streetcar. The Cincinnati Streetcar will provide more connections for Metro riders, encourage more people to use public transportation and improve the efficiency of our existing transit system. Support Metro—Build the Streetcar.
Notes: Vine and McMillan was selected as the transfer point as Rts. 31, 46, and 78 all have the same time point at that location. Simultaneous connections were presumed to be missed on both bus and streetcar. Streetcar frequency was taken from the Streetcar Feasibility Study. Average wait times were rounded to the nearest minute.