When Fort Washington Way was reconstructed a few years ago, a number of wayfinding maps were installed to help pedestrians navigate downtown. The picture below shows one of those maps:
Three bus routes are shown on this map–none of them currently run the route depicted. All three routes have changed.
If someone visiting Downtown from Lexington or Mason tried to catch one of these buses, they might stand somewhere waiting for a bus that would never arrive. A business that opened along the line wouldn’t have the benefit of the potential customers after the route was changed.
Because it is so easy to change a bus route and it happens frequently, buses don’t attract the type of permanent investment that rail does. When the Cincinnati Streetcar is included on future wayfinding maps, you can be sure that line will be there now and in the future.
Riders can easily find the route just by following the rails in the ground. Businesses and homeowners can make investments based on the line because it is permanent infrastructure that will be there in the future. Support Investment in Cincinnati–Build the Streetcar.