We have previously examined the difficulties of large groups of UC students wanting to use public transportation to go a Bengals game. What if the same 150 students wanted to take the bus back to UC from the fireworks? As in the previous post, we will assume that any public transportation that comes to pick up the students will be about ¼ full (probably a low estimate as the streetcar and buses would be busy after the fireworks).
The first firework goes off at 9:05pm and the show lasts about 30 minutes. Google estimates a 16 minute walk from Yeatman’s Cove back to Government Square, which doesn’t account for fighting the crowd.
If the students are lucky, the first group will catch the 9:50pm bus, a 17, but given the crowds that seems unlikely they will make it up to government square in time. (Even without the crowds, they would probably be late).
If the Students arrive at Government Square at around 10pm, the first bus to UC, a 17, will come at 10:20pm. Around 35 students would add to those currently on the bus and fill it to capacity. This group would be back in their dorms studying away by 10:35pm.
The second bus, a 46, would arrive at 10:35pm, and would fill to capacity. This group makes it home before 11pm.
The third bus, a 17, would arrive at 10:55pm, after the students had been waiting for almost an hour.
The fourth bus and the fifth bus, a 17 and 46 both arrive at 11:50pm. This group of students will make it back after midnight. Hopefully there aren’t many other students, who weren’t a part of this 150 that thought the fireworks were a good idea, because there is only one more bus that runs from Government Square to UC for them to catch.
After Cincinnati invests in a streetcar and it begins operations, the students would walk about 10 minutes to Main and Freedom way, wait about ten minutes (maybe less if a streetcar was approaching when they arrive), would all board the same streetcar, and return to UC.
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