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Final Approval

I’m pleased to announce that my academic committee has given their final approval to the Metro Cincinnati project. As an academic project, is now complete. The question now becomes: Where do we go from here?

Now that I’m settled in Cincinnati and preparing to start grad school here in the fall, I’ve been pondering the next steps for this site and the rapid transit master plan in general. I plan to keep this site online and use it as a means to advocate for improved mass transit in the Greater Cincinnati region. As such, I may be making a few teaks and changes to the master plan and adding some additional content in the coming months.┬áStay tuned for updates.

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  1. kinnemf | 20 May 2010 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I like your project and am really blown away by the level of thought and detail put into it. As a resident of Cincinnati it is refreshing and inspiring to see such a bold vision for our city’s transit system. However as you say the question now is “where do we go from here?”

    Obviously the streetcar is an important first step to reintroduce the city to transit and build momentum for transit advocates. The only caveat being that the streetcar must reach Clifton in the first phase, otherwise it runs the risk of becoming an underutilized local circulator like the ill fated Detroit people mover. However, the streetcar must not be seen as an end unto itself but as the first step towards a better transit network.

    Ideally the next step would be a regional subway and elevated rail or at the very least light rail network like the one you have outlined. However given the cost sensitivity of local residents and the utter rejection of the metro moves initiative I think such a system is quite a ways off. It seems to me that the city would be more likely to support a less costly alternative.

    Bus rapid transit has the capacity to be that alternative. If it were designed to run on its own right of way, use clearly marked level boarding stations, and pay before you board or proof of payment systems it could drastically improve transit opportunities at a much lower cost than a light or heavy rail system. In addition the BRT right of ways and stations could be designed for compatibility with future light or heavy rail upgrades.

    I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your passion for improving our city.