Metro bus service restored to Lower Price Hill neighborhood

Metro is restoring service to the #31 route that had been previously eliminated as part of an effort in December 2009 to balance the transit authority’s budget that resulted in a 12 percent service reduction to Metro’s bus operations. The adjustments, to the route, will provide service along W. 8th Street to the Western Hills Viaduct along State Avenue.

Metro officials say that the addition of 14 trips each direction daily on weekdays, and eight trips each direction on weekends was made to provide greater access to the Kroger manufacturing plant and Lower Price Hill neighborhood. It is estimated that the restored service along this segment will provide 5,000 rides annually, with most of those trips related to employment at the Kroger plant.

“Thanks to the difficult decisions we made last year and effective management of our resources, Metro’s budget now appears to have stabilized,” said Marilyn Shazor, Metro’s CEO. “We are cautiously optimistic and will begin to restore some service as we can afford to do so. We plan to seek the community’s input to help us decide which service to add and in what order.”

The restored service to the #31 route took effect on Sunday, August 15 along with several other service changes to routes #3X, #3, #24, #71X, and #72. New bus schedules are available on Metro’s website, and across the street from the Government Square transit hub inside the Mercantile Building (map) on weekdays from 7:30am to 5pm. More information can be retrieved by calling (513) 621-4455 between 6:30am and 6pm Monday through Friday.

  • Dieter Schmied

    I did not know that the #31 (Crosstown- 8th and State ???) was dropped but I would have considered it a prudent act. I don’t see how the amount of riders can justify this route. I noticed that a photo of an articulating bus accompanied this article. If they are using such a bus on this route, someone should be fired.

    This appears to be another case where priorities are not being adhered to and praise for restoring the route is based on someone’s selfish convictions and not common sense. This is one reason I would never support that streetcar folly.

  • Dieter:

    1) The #31 route was not eliminated, but service was reduced. Now service along the #31 route is being restored as detailed in the article.

    2) That is actually not an articulated bus in the image included with this article. That is actually just two buses parked back-to-back along 5th Street. And no, articulated buses are not being used on this restored service to the #31 route.

  • Justin

    Any idea when METRO is going to open up their data and join Google Transit? I feel this would make the METRO buses an easier option.

  • Justin:

    Metro has been working with Google on this for some time, and has actually had issues with the data transfer on Google’s end. The hope was to have Google Transit operational for Metro by now, but officials are still waiting on Google to fix things on their end. It’s definitely on the way.

  • Justin

    Great to hear that this is something that METRO is still working on!