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Cincinnati voters took a major step toward a possible revitalization of the Metro bus system Tuesday when they voted overwhelmingly to eliminate city funding for transit. It may well lead to a new county-wide sales tax that backers say will save the system from chronic financial problems and expand the service.

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Cincinnati voters will take the first vote on changing the way transit is funded in Hamilton County on Nov. 5. But Issue 22 is not the sales tax increase proposed by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA). It's only step one of a two-step process.

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Hamilton County voters will have a chance to weigh in on the future of public transportation and infrastructure in March.

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Cincinnati is working to takeover direct management of the city's streetcar system, which means the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) would no longer be the operator. But officials are still considering whether city staff will oversee the system, or hand that responsibility to a non-profit authority.

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Metro has 34 new buses in service. A press release from the transit authority says they started on routes last week, and all have amenities like USB charging ports, power outlets and wifi. They are low floor models, which means easier access for riders. They also have video screens providing a live feed from the on-board security camera. 

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Cincinnati voters could see a Charter amendment on the November 2019 ballot that could reduce the city's earning tax by 0.3 percent if Hamilton County voters approve a sales tax increase to fund public transit in 2020.

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Hamilton County commissioners say they will not support a one cent sales tax increase to benefit mass transit. In a letter to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Wednesday afternoon, commissioners say they would get behind a smaller increase.

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Cincinnati's Planning Commission on Friday approved a report and recommendation that will allow the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to install stand-alone benches at some bus stops in the city.

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A grassroots group of bus riders and advocates want to fix the underfunded bus system with an increase in the city's income tax.

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The CEO and general manager of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is planning to resign at the end of January.

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Main Street in downtown Cincinnati will get a dedicated bus lane during morning and afternoon rush hours starting today.  

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Cincinnati could launch a pilot program allowing residents and businesses to adopt bus stops in the city.  

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Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) officials are working on balancing the transit agency's budget without additional revenue from a sales tax increase.  

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Cincinnati police and city officials are investigating the shooting Thursday morning at the Fifth Third Bank building on Fountain Square which left the shooter and three of his victims dead and two others injured.

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SORTA decides not to put a tax levy on the November ballot although several members of the transit authority agree something must be done to fix a looming deficit for Metro. Cincinnati clears out a homeless camp downtown, but the city has no long-term solution to reducing the homeless population. And does an electric scooter rideshare business have a future in Cincinnati?

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Several SORTA members expressed disappointment the transit authority will not put a sales tax on the ballot this November. But they also agreed something has to be done to fix a looming deficit for Metro.

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The SORTA board was to vote Wednesday morning to discuss whether to ask Hamilton County taxpayers for money. But the chair says they will not consider a sales tax measure to fund Metro operations.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has vetoed a proposal that would let the city spend up to $600,000 to relocate a bus shelter near Government Square that's blocking the streetcar system.

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A new report backs up fears that Metro faces a significant deficit over the next 10 years. It also comes as the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board continues to debate asking voters to approve a sales tax.

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A couple of Cincinnati council members are again raising the issue of eliminating streetcar fares as the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) says it needs a little more than $4 million for operations during the fiscal year starting July 1.

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